Henry ‘Hank’ Oswald, 85, of Mendham, former Bell Labs engineer
Henry Oswald, 85, known to many as Hank, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016, at his Mendham home of 51 years, with family members by his side.
The son of Henry Oswald Sr. and Lillian M. Ott Oswald, he was born Feb. 3, 1931, at Bethany Deaconess Hospital, Kings County, N.Y. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert G. Oswald, in 1996.
He was raised in Brooklyn, at 27 Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y. He attended St. Matthias Roman Catholic Elementary School and received a scholarship to attend Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. During his high school years, he was on the track team, participating in the mile run, 220, 440 and 880 relays. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1953.
Mr. Oswald served his country, during the Korean Conflict in the Army stationed at Frankford Arsenal in Pennsylvania, and in the Army Reserves.
His first job was with General Electric in Lynn, Mass. He was hired by Bell Labs in Whippany as an electrical engineer and member of the technical staff. Mr. Oswald was credited with several patents while he was employed at Bell Labs (“the Labs”). Each month he met with his colleagues at Redwoods in Chester, all donning their two-pocket shirts filled with pen and paper.
He met his future wife at the Labs, Marguerite “Peggy” Lake of Morristown, and they were married in December 1963 at Assumption Church in Morristown. They lived in East Hanover for a year and a half, before moving in 1965 to Mendham. They were blessed with five children, Paula Jean of Mendham; Henry III of El Segundo, Calif., his wife, Sanae Kato, and their children Henry IV and Minoru Vincent; David Vincent of Mendham; Laurie Ann of Mendham; and Matthew Thomas of Waxhaw, N.C. and his wife, Whitney Ayers, and their children, Kaleigh, Madison, Lindsay.
After he retired from the Labs, he helped his wife in their home with her childcare business, and specialized as the official child book reader.
Mr. Oswald participated in many of his children’s events over the years. He was a life member of the Mendham Township First Aid Squad for more than 20 years, serving as treasurer and CPR instructor.
He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Mendham, where he was an usher for 25 years.
He maintained tropical fish tanks and an outdoor koi pond. He was an avid reader, always finished a crossword puzzle, completed over 56,456 sequential “Free Cell” computer games, and enjoyed television, especially “Games of Thrones” and the Sci-Fi channel. Mr. Oswald maintained a large collection of natural history books. He and his family were frequent patrons at the Mini Mac Diner in Chester, along with other regulars.
A quiet, gentle man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren, he kept close in his heart a special angel named Alexandra. His spirit will live forever in the hearts of his family. They offer special thanks to the staff at the Mendham Medical Group, the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, Renal Ventures in Succasunna, and the Mendham Township First Aid Squad and Mendham First Aid Squad.
According to his wishes, there will be a memorial visitation at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Mendham Firehouse, 24 E. Main St., followed by a reflection service at 11 a.m. and continued fellowship until 2 p.m. Attire may be casual. Arrangements are by the Bailey Funeral Home in Mendham. For more information please visit http://www.baileyfuneral.com.
Donations in his name may be made to the Father English Community Center, 435 Main St., Paterson, N.J., 07501, Attention First Step Scholarship (a fund for childcare for working parents); the Mendham Township First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 122, Brookside, N.J., 07926; or the Mendham First Aid Squad, P.O., Box 131, Mendham, N.J., 07945.
Oswald, Henry ‘Hank’ [MC1953 RIP]
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