CHATHAM, NJ - When his family walked into the garage where Robert Lanner spent his many years as a mechanic, one of his grandchildren exclaimed: "It looks just like grandpa's garage."

Rich Young, director of the Chatham Township Department of Public Works, said the garage hasn't changed much since the late Lanner retired as the head mechanic there.

"There was nothing the man could not fix," Young said. "He would give you the shirt off his back. We're all better off for having known him."

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Lanner, who grew up in Chatham, was honored Friday morning for his 40 years of service to the DPW with a plaque hung near the entrance to the garage.

Robert Lanner's wife, Victoria, and DPW director Rich Young unveil the plaque

Robert Hoffmann, the township administrator, remarked how well-liked Lanner was among his peers, and the plaque bears out the sentiment with the inscription: "The Man Who Always Had a Smile on his Face."

Rich Young, director of the DPW, says a few words before the unveiling