Friday, September 30, 2005

John Belcher Sayre 1908-2005

My Grandfather died wed. He was my last grand parent and was the oldest at a whopping 97 years and 7 months. He was a colon cancer surviver of over 20 years. but he had deteriorating over the past year or so. Here is the official obituary (my mom wrote it up...pretty good eh).

John Belcher Sayre, 97, was Summit police chief
Sunday, October 02, 2005
A service for John Belcher Sayre, 97, a lifelong Summit resident, and former police chief there, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the United Methodist Church, Summit. Arrangements are by the Bradley-Brough Funeral Home, Summit.
Mr. Sayre, who died Wednesday at home, started his career with H.O. Wilson, a woolen goods firm in New York City.
He joined the Summit Police Department in 1941 and then the Navy during World War II, where he served in the Short Patrol in Mississippi and Louisiana.
After his tour of duty, he rejoined the police department and was named chief of police in 1957 and retired in 1973.
Mr. Sayre was the executive director of the Summit/New Providence Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Policemens Benevolent Association Local 55, the New Jersey Police Chiefs Association and the International Police Chiefs Association and past president of the Union County Police Chiefs Association.
Mr. Sayre started the Police Athletic League, the Cub Scouts Pack and the Boys Scouts at Washington School in Summit.
He was past president and a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club in Summit, a volunteer with the American Red Cross in Summit, the first recipient of the YMCA Stuart Reed Award and a recipient of the Bnai Brith Americanism Award.
Surviving are sons, John B. Jr. and Brant T.; a daughter, Nancy Sayre Bergman; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

I am glad I had 31 years of knowing him, and
I am very happy to have just seen him in July and that he knew me and Ian.

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