LAKE COMO, NJ — A memorial service for former Lake Como Councilman Basil Wolfe will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Lake Como Borough Hall, 1740 Main Street. Wolfe died on May 31 at age 77.
The longtime borough residents served on the governing body from 2003 to 2008, and also was a member of the Environmental Commission. He was known for his larger-than-life personality and quick wit, as well as his signature walking cane. For many years, he frequently attended council meetings and never was afraid to express his opinions.
An Army veteran who served in Germany and Vietnam, Wolfe attended Lake Como’s Memorial Day commemoration regularly throughout the years. He worked as a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 9 before he retired. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing.
Wolfe most recently made the news in January 2018 when he was awaken in the early-morning hours by “a pretty big bang” — as he described it — right outside his Margerum Avenue home’s large front window.
“I sleep right by that picture window in a hospital bed, and when I looked out, a car was right there,” said Wolfe, who had been bedridden for several years. “I am OK, but my wife was a bit rattled. It got the adrenalin going though.”
A vehicle had struck a white fence and shrubs of the property next door to the Wolfes’ home and continued onto their front yard, where it slammed into the concrete wall of the flower bed in front of the stone-facade house. No one was reportedly hurt in the incident.
Wolfe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret; his son, Joseph B. and daughter-in-law Kathy of Neptune; and two grandchildren, April Wolfe of Scranton, Pa., and Kayla Wolfe of Neptune.
Funeral services will be private in Wolfe’s home state of West Virginia. Condolences can be sent to ElyFuneralHome.com
Lake Como Mourns Loss of Kenneth Shinn, 67
Less than a week after Wolfe’s passing, Kenneth Shinn, who served in several capacities in the borough, died on June 5.
A 17-year member of the Tourism Commission, he served on the Planning Board for eight years through 1997 before completing a one-year stint on the Borough Council.
A career crane operator for many years, Shinn later became interested in holistic health, opening the Heart & Soul Holistic Center on Main Street in Lake Como in 1999. A trained somatic therapist, he specialized in craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, massage and Thai bodywork.
He was also a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore in Belmar and St. Catharine and St Margaret R.C. Church, Spring Lake.
He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Shinn Sr., his mother, Elinor Buschell Shinn: and his stepson, Bobby Beattie.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Murray Shinn of Spring Lake, his former wife of 30 years, Tara Shinn of Wall, his children, Michael Shinn of Lake Como, Amanda Shinn of Hoboken, Thomas Shinn of Lake Como; his stepchildren, Rose Beattie and John Beattie, both of Spring Lake; his brother, Timothy H. Shinn of Sea Girt, his sisters, Maryellen Shinn of Tequesta, Fla., and Melanie Shinn and her husband, Robert Wood of Wall; and his nieces and nephews.
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