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Joan Fisher Cavanaugh
B: 1953-05-02
D: 2018-11-11
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Cavanaugh, Joan Fisher
John Sullivan
B: 1930-12-17
D: 2018-11-09
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Sullivan, John
Brooke Swirczynski
B: 1965-04-23
D: 2018-11-07
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Swirczynski, Brooke
Richard Schrank
B: 1929-02-14
D: 2018-11-05
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Schrank, Richard
James "Sully" Sullivan
B: 1928-05-23
D: 2018-11-04
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Sullivan, James "Sully"
Kevin Jones
B: 1962-10-06
D: 2018-11-04
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Jones, Kevin
Carole Rookey
B: 1937-04-18
D: 2018-11-03
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Rookey, Carole
Charles Speaker
B: 1926-10-20
D: 2018-11-03
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Speaker, Charles
Carol Eaton
B: 1942-12-16
D: 2018-11-03
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Eaton, Carol
Margaret Gozdieski
B: 1935-05-07
D: 2018-11-03
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Mary Kaminsky
B: 1929-03-04
D: 2018-11-02
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Kaminsky, Mary
Catherine Deselich
B: 1954-11-12
D: 2018-10-31
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Deselich, Catherine
Florence McGovern
B: 1931-02-10
D: 2018-10-30
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McGovern, Florence
Frank Colbert
B: 1924-11-21
D: 2018-10-30
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Colbert, Frank
Doris Gerard
B: 1932-07-18
D: 2018-10-29
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Edward Meehan
B: 1966-05-16
D: 2018-10-29
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Carmelo Velazquez
B: 1928-05-10
D: 2018-10-27
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Velazquez, Carmelo
Patricia Eickman
B: 1942-11-22
D: 2018-10-27
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Eickman, Patricia
June Mills
B: 1951-04-19
D: 2018-10-25
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Mills, June
Joseph Perna
B: 1926-12-23
D: 2018-10-23
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Perna, Joseph
Margaret Nothstein
B: 1928-06-30
D: 2018-10-23
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Nothstein, Margaret

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Obituary for Charles P "Bud " Speaker Jr.

Charles P. Speaker, Jr. “Bud”, family man, former Lavallette businessman, mechanic and master pilot died on November 3, 2018 at the age of 92. He lived a full and vibrant life into his 91st year, and was frequently seen riding his red motor scooter to the Robert Miller Airport. He is mourned by his wife of seventy plus years, Jean Bradley Speaker, his five surviving children (Kathy Speaker MacNett of Harrisburg, PA; Mark Speaker (Donna) of Lavallette, NJ; Sharyn Speaker Irons of Beachwood, NJ; Debra Speaker Pfaff (Jeff) of Toms River; and Nancy Speaker (Jimmy) of West Palm Beach, FL; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his son, Brian J. Speaker of Toms River, NJ; his parents, Charles and Rosella (Pelkey) Speaker; his sister, Dorothy J. Speaker Irvin and his brother, Robert K. Speaker.
He left Point Pleasant High School to enlist in the Navy during World War II, and served in the South Pacific and in Nagasaki, Japan after the atom bombing. He returned from that service with the express desire to marry a good woman and have a family. He and Jean did that as residents of Lavallette and Toms River. While the proprietor of Speaker’s Esso; Ice Cream Stand; and Car Wash in Lavallette, he served as a member of the Lavallette Volunteer Fire Company. He also completed his GED. He and Jean eventually downsized to Whiting, NJ.
After his family, aviation was his true passion. He met some of the aviation greats as a child in Cleveland, Ohio during the days of the aviation air races; amassed numerous flight ratings; built a plane known as 47X; flew banners across local beaches; piloted commuter planes for Princeton Airways; transported a number of clients, and enjoyed the camaraderie of the Quiet Birdmen’s Atlantic City Hanger. In addition to his family, he mentored two young men, one of whom became an Air Force pilot, and casualty of the Vietnam War, and another who became a commercial aviator and remained a close friend. He also treasured his role as an instructor for a number of pilots, both male and female. He frequently recounted the story of his fueling of Amelia Earhart’s plane as a ten year old. In 2003, he was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for at least 50 years of safe piloting.
Throughout his life, he maintained high standards of hard work, ethics and integrity from himself and those around him. The family wishes to thank the staff of Comfort Keepers, his dialysis driver and dialysis team, and Meridian Hospice, who assisted in his final days. If desired, monetary donations in his memory may be made to the Lavallette Fire Co., 125 Washington Ave., PO Box 267, Lavallette, NJ 078735, or share one of your life stories with a family member in his honor.
Bud has “Gone West.” Safe journey.
The family will receive relatives and friends, Thursday November 8, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm at Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd Toms River, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:45am Friday, November 5, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 30 Schoolhouse Rd, Manchester Township, NJ 08759 with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Toms River.
Condolences may be sent by visiting: www.ryanfuneralhome.com
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