Obituaries

David Reid Shaffer

Age 50 of Mt. Laurel, NJ

On September 29, 2017, Father of Christian and Nathan Shaffer of Williamstown, NJ; Son of Robert C. (Joan) of Cherry Hill and the late Mary (nee Bell) Shaffer; Brother of Craig Shaffer (Larry Martinelli) of Havertown, PA and Lisa DiFazio of Maple Shade, NJ; Uncle of Andrea DiFazio, Nicolas and Michelle Guapo; Nephew of Raymond Bell (Norma); Cousin of Carol Moran, Natalie and Ethan Bell; Ronlynn Chambers (Christian and Nathan’s Mother)

Dave grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ, graduated from Cherry Hill East High School in 1985 and was employed in the irrigation industry for a number of years. He had a passion for music and was an accomplished musician and song writer. He had a great sense of humor and always had a funny story or interesting experience to share with family and friends.

David’s family will receive friends on Saturday Oct 14th, 10-10:45 AM in the Sayre Pavilion at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield. His Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in David’s name to the Church or the Charity of One’s Choice.

Daniel William Myers II

Age 86 Of Cherry Hill and Harvey Cedars, Formerly of Haddonfield , NJ

Age 86, on September 30. Devoted husband of Gretchen Christophel & of the late Eileen Myers (nee Kohn); Beloved father of Susan Leigh Myers, Meredith Myers Winner, and Kathryn Kress Myers; Adoring grandfather of Daniel Buzby & Amelia Hope Winner.  Will be dearly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dan, a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial HS (1948), earned his college degree from the University of Virginia in 1952.  He served as a 1st Lt. in the US Army from 1952-1954. He then went on to earn his law degree from the Univ. of Virginia in 1957.  Dan was a longtime lawyer in South Jersey and member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Haddonfield.

All are welcome to Daniel’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 7th at 11 AM at The Riverton Country Club, 1416 Highland Ave, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Daniel’s name to Nature Conservancy, 15 E. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Meredith Lynne Brookes

Age 36 of Bradford, NH; Formerly of Haddonfield & Collingswood

On September 22, 2017, Meredith Lynne Brookes, 36, of Bradford, NH, formerly of Haddonfield and Collingswood, died peacefully after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Timothy England, formerly of Haddon Township and Collingswood, loving daughter of Connie and Bob Brookes of Bradford, NH (formerly of Haddonfield), devoted sister of Maureen Brookes of Lynchburg, VA, and cherished niece and goddaughter of Mary Antonakos Cottingham of New York City. She will also be missed by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

From the time Meredith was diagnosed with MRKH Syndrome at age 3, she bravely surmounted the many challenges that life with MRKH put in her way. As a young girl, despite frequent setbacks from illness, she enjoyed swimming for the Erlton Swim Club team, where she was known as the “Iron Cupcake” in honor of her tenacious spirit despite her small size. She was also an accomplished diver, and coached the Erlton Dive Team for two seasons. Meredith enjoyed playing soccer for her Haddonfield Soccer Club travel team and hiking and canoeing on family vacations in the Adirondacks. She was a voracious reader who loved delving deeply into obscure threads of history and sharing unusual insights with family and friends.

Meredith attended Haddonfield High School and Bard College at Simon’s Rock, but was unable to complete college due to illness. As an adult, after a kidney transplant in 2000, she shared her kind and gentle nature as a caregiver for children, including as a teacher’s assistant at Haddonfield Friends School. She met the love of her life Tim in 2005 and they were married in 2011. In recent years Meredith became a passionate advocate and was the co-founder of a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls with MRKH. She organized local support groups and medical conferences and was loved dearly by the MRKH community. Her generous sharing of her life story and the wisdom she had gained gave inspiration and strength to everyone who heard her.

All are welcome to join Meredith’s family at a memorial service celebrating Meredith’s life at 10 AM on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Haddonfield Friends Meeting, 45 Friends Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Meredith’s memory to Beautiful You MRKH, 13301 Clifton Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904 (www.beautifulyoumrkh.org).

James M. Richards

Age 37 of Haddonfield, NJ

On Sept. 27, 2017; Loving husband of Diane(Haddonfield); Devoted father of Kai and Johanna; Cherished son of Tim and Helle Richards (Haddonfield); Dear brother of Lindsay (Archbold, OH) and Beloved grandson of Shirlee Richards (Cherry Hill).  James was also survived by extended family in NJ, NY, TN, SC, CT and Denmark.

James, an avid Flyers fan, was a Class of ’99 grad of HMHS, worked at UPS and enjoyed hiking and camping.

Family & friends are invited attend either or both James’ Memorial Service and Greeting on Wed, Oct 4th.  The Service will be held, 1 PM and the Greeting will be from 1:30-3 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave, Haddonfield, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for his children’s education at “Ameriprise Financial” c/o Fish & Assoc., 1105 Laurel Oak Rd., Suite 142, Voorhees, NJ 08043.

Gwyned A. Studwell

Age 68*Formerly of Dover, DE & Mystic, CT

(nee Williams) On Sept. 27, 2017.  Beloved wife of the late Edward W. Studwell; Devoted Mother of Traci (Jeffrey) Bakely of Audubon and Michael Wiles; Loving grandmother of Caleb; Dear Sister of Blake Williams, and Step-sister of Sandra LeCompte and Kenneth Hoffman.

Gwyned, a loving mother and grandmother, was a member of the Order of Eastern Star while she lived in Mystic, CT.

A Memorial Service for Gwyned will be held Tuesday, October 3rd, 10 AM at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.  The family will greet friends immediately following the service.  Interment Private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Gwyned’s name be made to Grace Episcopal Church at the address above.

Mary D. Ebert

Age 93 * Springdale Farms

(nee Dobbs) After a brief illness on Sep. 27th,2017; Beloved wife of the late Alan Ebert; Adoring mother of Thomas, Mary Ann (Tom) Jarvis, Patty (Keith) Huking & John (Robert Dustin Cushman); Devoted grandmother of Jennifer Lynn, Alan, Clayton, Michala, Tom, Richard, Scott, Tracy, Melissa, Nicole, Lauren & the late Matthew; Loving great grandmother of Corbin, Colton, Dylan, Melinda, Alexa, Jordan & Michael; sister of Robert Dobbs.

Mary and her husband, Alan, owned Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill since 1949.  She was a longtime active member of the NJ Vegetable Grower’s Assoc.; a member of D.A.R., the Colonial Dames, The Haddon Fortnightly and The Questors.

Mary’s Family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 1st, 7-9 PM at Haddonfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 29 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield, NJ 08033; where the Service will follow on Monday, Oct. 2nd at 10 AM at HUMC. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to HUMC, at the above address; where she was a longtime member.

David A. Carrington

Age 37 * Formerly of Jamison, PA

Died suddenly on September 23, 2017, following a week in a coma. David fought hard to survive and even when it was apparent that his life would end, David held on to become an organ and tissue donor.

He is a hero.

David is survived by his loving mother, Priscilla (Cox) Carrington, sister Trish Adkins, brother-in-law Michael Adkins, nieces Lily and Chloe, nephew Nicholas, special friend and caregiver Anthony Skinner and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his father William Carrington, grandparents Allan and Esther Cox and William and Doretta Carrington.

David graduated from Central Bucks High School West and went on to work at BARC Services. David loved music especially Lawrence Welk, Yanni, Andre Rieu and Frank Sinatra. He was a regular at church, where he helped conduct the choir from his pew each Sunday.

Wherever David went, he shared his joy of music, adoration of cooking and love of all people. David was the first to offer a handshake to a stranger, laugh at a joke, hand a tissue to the crying and give a hug to anyone who needed it.

To say the world lost a great man is an understatement.

The Carrington family will receive friends on Monday, Oct. 2, 10-10:45 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ  08033.  Services follow at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s name may be sent to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 203, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

G. Steve Axner

Age 63 of Tabernacle, NJ

On Sept. 23, 2017, Steve lost his battle with cancer.  He was the Beloved husband of Diane (nee Kaiser); Loving father of Steven Axner (Kelli) & Elissa Ware (Billy); Cherished grandfather of Reanna & Wyatt Ware and Korra, Emily & Austin Axner; Dear brother of John A. Axner, III (Leucrisha) and the late Lisa DeGraffenreid.

Steve was the owner of The Hub Cap Place in Southampton and the custodian at Springville School.  He had been a volunteer Fire Policeman for Presidential Lakes & Tabernacle.  Additionally, Steve loved his hot rods, car shows, and Cape May.

Steve’s family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 30th, at the Tabernacle Fire Co. # 1, 76 Hawkin Rd, Tabernacle, NJ 08088; Attendees are encouraged to bring their classic cars to the Service which will begin at Noon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made via In Memory Of (www.InMemoryOf-Memorial.org) to the American Cancer Society.

Faith R. Johnson

Age 58, Formerly of Haddonfield

(nee Johnson) On Sept. 19, 2017; Beloved wife for 22 years of Brian L. Johnson of Clayton, NJ; Loving mother of Jacqueline, Marquia & Asia Johnson; Adoring grandmother of Christian Johnson; Dear sister of Yvonne, Jackie, Alonzo, Carlotta, Debbie, Pam and the late Jerome & Lynnette.  Devoted daughter of the late Alonzo and Myrtle Johnson; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Faith, a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial HS (1977), was involved in the Mortgage field for over 30 years working for GE, GMAC, Travelers & TD Bank. She was a devoted Christian and loving wife and mother.

Faith’s family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 29th, 9-9:45 AM at New Beginnings Ministries located in the building of the First Baptist Church of Blackwood, 899 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood, NJ 08012; where Services will follow at 10 AM.  Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Faith’s name may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.

 

 

Stanislaw "Stash" Pomorski

Age 82 of Haddon Heights, NJ

Stanislaw Pomorski, who spent 33 years as a professor of law at the Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, died Sunday, September 17,  at his home in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. He was 82.

Over the years, a not-insignificant portion of the Greater Philadelphia legal profession passed through Dr. Pomorski’s classroom, where he taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and white collar investigations, among other courses, including several on Soviet and post-Soviet law. A soft-spoken man, with courtly manners and a pronounced Eastern European accent, Dr. Pomorski was known among students for his Socratic approach, high standards, and engaging classroom performance. Even after his retirement, in 2006, his pupils seemed always to be with him. He ran into them in Broadway theaters, on the canals of Venice, and, of course, at Whole Foods. Once, standing with his family amid a crowd of tourists atop the Eiffel Tower, he heard a voice— “Professor Pomorski!”—and turned to see yet another face from the past. One former student, his wife of 33 years, Patricia Smith, was truly beside him almost always.

With Ms. Smith and his three children, Dr. Pomorski lived for 30 years in Haddonfield, NJ, where he could often be seen on long walks through town wearing a favorite charcoal beret, visibly lost in thought. He was an author or editor of several books, including Economic Criminality in Cooperative Trade and American Common Law and the Principle of Nullum Crimen Sine Lege. He wrote dozens of articles; one, “Conspiracy and Criminal Organizations,” published in 1990, was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark 2006 decision, Hamden v. Rumsfeld. From 1972 to 1973, Dr. Pomorski was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Comparative Law at Harvard, and he went on to become a trustee to the National Council for Soviet and Eastern European Research. During the 90s, he worked as a consultant to the ABA Task Force on the International Tribunal to Adjudicate War Crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

Dr. Pomorski was born in Lwów, Poland in 1934, to Maria and Julius Pomorski, a homemaker and a small-town lawyer, respectively. During World War Two, Dr. Pomorski, his mother, and his older sister, Krystyna, were deported via cattle car by the Red Army. They spent the war in exile, largely in Ukraine and Kazakstan, often in harsh conditions and with limited nourishment. (His father, a Polish military officer, passed much of the conflict in a German prisoner of war camp.)

Dr. Pomorski began his professional life, in 1956, as a journalist, writing for the Warsaw legal newspaper, Law and Life. Nearly six decades later, he continued to recall proudly an investigative series he once authored on Polish carceral conditions, which he called simply “my report from the prisons.” Dr. Pomorski subsequently earned a Phd in law from the University of Warsaw and spent several years as an attorney in private practice in that city. In the early 60s, he traveled to the U.S. as visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, joining in the Boston area his sister, Krystyna, and brother-in-law, the eminent linguist Roman Jakobson—both professors at MIT. Dr. Pomorski taught himself English largely through careful daily readings of The New York Times—a ritual he observed with near-religious devotion for the rest of his life. From 1966 to 1972, he worked as a research associate at the Polish Academy of the Sciences, before moving permanently to the United States in 1972. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1973, rising to the position of Distinguished Professor of Law, the school’s top professorial rank.

Marked by his wartime experience, Dr. Pomorski was attuned throughout his adult life to the effects on children of war and poverty, giving to Amnesty International, the Fresh Air Fund, and, especially, CARE, which helped support his family during their exile. In his decades working in Camden, he never developed an urbanite’s callousness. Ignoring chiding from family, he assisted the many panhandlers who plied his route from the train station to the law school; many greeted him warmly as “Professor.” After retiring, Dr. Pomorski served frequently in New York and London as an expert consultant in Russian and Polish law. He also penned an unpublished memoir of his early life, titled Amarcord, or, I Remember, after the film by Federico Fellini. In it, he describes characters and anecdotes that could seem plucked from the fairy tales his mother had read to him and his sister during cold nights on the Kazakh Steppe: the boy who took unaccountable glee in eating a primitive kind of bread, flecked with twigs; the brazenly thieving nightwatchman; the day his mother was forced, finally, to sell off his father’s coat.

After his cancer diagnosis, in the Spring of 2016, Dr. Pomorski’s family was struck by the degree to which he remained himself. His walks became shorter, but a day never passed when he did not take one. He stayed a generous, devoted—if often excessively-worried—father, friend, and husband. He loved to talk to his children. Most days, he spent hours reading—essays by George Orwell that were new to him and Chekov short stories in the original Russian that he knew by heart. With a German-to-English dictionary at hand, he paged methodically through each new issue of the German weekly Der Spiegel. (He also spoke Ukrainian.) In the last months of his life, Dr. Pomorski managed to concentrate his seemingly-boundless, lifelong curiosity—as well as a skeptical cast of mind and a tendency to dispense, in conversation, with certain elements of English grammar—into a kind of one-word phrase. Hearing some novel fact, or a detail with which he was unfamiliar, Dr. Pomorski would fix his interlocutor with a friendly, quizzical look and ask, simply, “Is?”

Dr. Pomorski is survived by his wife, Ms. Smith, 67; two sons, Lukasz, 45 (Kyna Hamill), and Christopher, 31; and his daughter, Marysia, 28.

Dr. Pomorski’s family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 22nd, 6-8 PM at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Stash’s memory can be made to CARE (www.CARE.org/donate), Amnesty International (www.amnestyusa.org), or St. John Rescue (www.stjohnrescue.com/donate).