Kim England, 69 of Manahawkin passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, due to Covid. Kim was formerly of Irvington and Beach Haven. He graduated from Irvington High School Class of 1971 and attended Essex County College.
Kim dedicated his free time to volunteering starting in Irvington as a member of the Irvington Civil Defense Squad. While with them one of the major events he responded to was the Bay Way refinery explosion in 1970. Kim was a Little League Coach in Irvington too and was involved in the PAL in Irvington.
After attending Essex College he moved to the family’s summer home in Beach Haven. There he worked for the Department of Public Works for 41 years retiring as Superintendent in 2010.
Kim served as Fire Inspector for the Township of Stafford from 1986-1995. In Beach Haven Kim continued his path of volunteer service with the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company for 50 years serving in many capacities: President, Trustee, Captain, Deputy Chief and served as Chief for 6 years.
One of the first fires Kim responded to as Chief in Beach Haven was the Lucy Evelyn Fire (a 3 masted schooner) which is where Schooners Wharf is now in Beach Haven.
Kim was Assistant Scout Leader for Troop 32 on Long Beach Island and Coached Little League and Senior League baseball teams for LBI and the Beach Haven Exchange Club. At the end of his coaching career at his last Senior League Game (which they won) is when he proposed to his wife Deborah of 37 years on the pitcher’s mound.
They were married and moved to Ocean Acres. Kim continued his service to the community and joined the Stafford Twp. Volunteer Fire Company where he volunteered for 36 years until the time of his death.
He served as Vice President, President and Trustee. Kim also was involved with the Ocean County Firemen’s Association and the Ocean County Fire Chiefs Association as well as being an Instructor for the training of Volunteer Fire Personnel in the Southern end of Ocean County.
During his tenure with these associations, he was an advocate for the building of a training center for the fire service in Southern Ocean County. This eventually came to fruition with the county of Ocean building the Fire and First Aid Training Center in Waretown.
He was also a life member and delegate of the NJ State Exempt Firemen’s Association. Kim was a member of the Manahawkin Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #2340 where he has been a member for 11 years serving as Leading Knight, Trustee and two-term Exalted Ruler as well as volunteering for many committees throughout the organization.
Kim also served as the Southeast District Membership Chair for the last two years. Kim and his wife were the sponsors of his special girl “Carlie” as the Area 1 NJ Elks Ambassador. Carlie is the only person who could call him “Mr. Kimmy”.
Kim was also a member of the Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Manahawkin Chapter as well as a member of the Beach Haven Moose Lodge.
Anyone who knew Kim knew that he was an avid NY JETS fan and bled green and white. He loved sharing his story of having a walk-on try-out with them. With all the organizations that Kim was active in his voice was always heard as he never looked to improve or change things for himself but for the betterment of others and the organization that he belonged to and the community he served.
Kim was predeceased by his father and mother Howard and Jane England and his brother-in-law Larry Strouse, Jr.
Surviving is his wife Deborah and his daughter Jamie (his pride and joy whom he could not be more proud of and loved with all his heart and soul); his Uncle Cyrus England, his brother Kyle (Lynn); Kevin (Sylvia); his in-laws Larry & Shirley Strouse; sister-in-law Lynne Hartel (Brian Sr). His nieces and nephews: Kalli & Kacey England; Brian, Hartel Jr, Jennifer Santulli and Brandon Strouse. His Godsons Ryan Gormley and Gerard England as well as many cousins and extended family and friends.
There will be a celebration of life at a future time. If you wish to honor Kim donations may be made in his memory to any of the following: Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 (Peer Leadership); Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company or Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company.