SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough’s VFW Post 4589 has officially named their facility after John J. Carney, a Korean War veteran and former Spotswood Borough Councilman, at a public ceremony on October 17. Members of the community, the Spotswood Borough Council and former veterans gathered at an outdoor event for the renaming of the building on Daniel Road.
Carney was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931. He joined the army in 1950 and served in Korea. After leaving the military, he was employed by the New York Port Authority for 28 years, where he worked his way from a bus driver to a superintendent for New Jersey Transit.
Carney moved his family from New York to Spotswood in 1961. He was an active member of the community, being involved with VFW Post 4589, the American Legion 253 and the Spotswood Knights of Columbus. Carney later served on the Spotswood Borough Council from 1986 to 1997. In June 2003, Carney passed away after battling pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.
VFW Post Commander Travis Fryzowicz kicked off the rededication ceremony as members of post 4589 held the presentation of colors, conducted a prayer ceremony and honored all veterans in attendance. Carney’s two sons Michael and Jack, tore down the tarp to reveal the new name on the front of the VFW building. Michael and Jack Carney shared stories about their father and thanked the community for their support.
Attendees were treated to a lunch and drinks following the ceremony. Fryzowicz announced at the event that the VFW will be doing a special fundraising campaign by selling commemorative bricks. Anyone wishing to buy a brick to honor family members who have served are encouraged to reach out to VFW Post 4589 by telephoning 732-251-9862 or through their Facebook page.