NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Longtime resident of New Providence, Alan Neuwirth, an icon and pioneer in the tool and rental business, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the age of 86.
Alan and his wife Marcia opened Taylor Rental in the old Berkeley Lanes bowling alley in May of 1969 when the industry was in its infancy. The early business rented everything from exercise equipment to wheelchairs. Since retiring to Florida 36 years ago, the business has remained active in the community under his three children. Taylor Rental of Berkeley Heights remains one of the few all-purpose rental centers, featuring both party and tool rental, as well as one of the premier Halloween and party stores in the state.
Alan and his wife traveled extensively including two trips to the orient and Australia and toured throughout the US by motor home.
"He lived a wonderful life and checked off everything on his bucket list," said his son Paul Neuwirth.
He was very active in the New Jersey chapter of the American Rental Association and was a founding member of the Berkeley Heights Business Association in the 1970s, which eventually morphed into the Suburban Chamber.
Alan started a company called Fun Services in 1976 that provided fundraising and carnivals and amusements to schools and eventually became the premier name for corporate picnics in NJ.
He was past president of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights (1977-79), and was honored for his contributions being named a Paul Harris fellow.
He was active in Berkeley Heights assisting on the first Master Plan committee and, as a longtime resident of New Providence, he helped plan the construction of the New Providence community pool.
As an active member of the original PTA at Allen W Roberts School, Alan coordinated the initial spring Play Day Festivals.
He was also an active supporter and member of the Summit Jewish Community Center.
Alan's legacy of community involvement and giving back carries on through his children. In 2015, the Suburban Chamber of Commerce honored the Neuwirth family and Taylor Rental with the Business of the Year award. Berkeley Heights former Mayor Bob Woodruff told TAPinto, the Neuwirth family and Taylor Rental epitomize what it is to be a small business and are a tremendous neighbor in the town.
A veteran during the Korean War, Alan will be buried with Military honors at the Veterans Memorial cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.
He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Marcia; son Paul and his wife, Denise, of New Providence; son Phil and his wife, Doran, of Sparta; and daughter Lori Mattheiss and husband James of Millington. He is also survived by sister Phyllis (Steve) Gross, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Condolences may be mailed c/o Taylor Rental, 284 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.