George T. “Skip” Conlan, of Chatham Borough, passed away on December 24, 2019 at Overlook Hospital in Summit. He was 86.
Born in Summit, Skip was raised in Chatham with his immediate and extended family. He attended St. Patrick’s grammar school in Chatham and graduated from Chatham High School. He served in the US Army 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper and was honorably discharged.
Skip was a member of the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department for 65 years. He was Deputy Chief from 1965-1968 and was a fixture of the Chatham 4th of July Parade driving the department’s “Model T” — it was a performance straight out of Vaudeville! He also served on multiple committees during his service to the department.
Skip owned and ran Chatham Auto Repair and later worked for the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works and retired as Head Mechanic for the Department.
When his sons were young, he coached their “Lions” Little League team and he loved fishing, hunting and golf. After his retirement, “the Mayor” could often be found waving to passerby’s on his front porch. Kids called him “Uncle Skip,” whether they were related to him or not! He was known for his baked beans and for his “light-hearted” remarks and comments he had for everyone.
He is the beloved husband of Marjorie, loving father of Jim and John, and cherished grandfather to Patrick, Jack, Sean and Connie. Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. There will be a Fire Department “Last Call” at 5 and a memorial service at 5:30.