FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood is mourning the death of longtime Fanwood resident Fred J. Chemidlin, Jr., who passed away on May 18, 2019.
Mr. Chemidlin was born the eldest of 11 children in Plainfield on Aug. 22, 1930. He served as officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He graduated from Seton Hall with a BS in Business and in 1960 founded Family Investors Company in downtown Fanwood. He retired from the company in 2014 and relocated to the Jersey Shore.
A member of Rotary International since 1968, Mr. Chemidlin lived his daily life by the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self.” He held every office in Rotary and received the prestigious F. K. Matthewson Award and was also named a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of exceptional service. He was also on the board of the Rotary Garbe Foundation and was a generous philanthropist who will be remembered by the many lives he touched.
Additionally, Mr. Chemidlin served on the leadership boards of many local organizations such as Prevention Links, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (he co-chaired the Y’s Building Fund and raised over $1 million), and the Fanwood Police Bulletproof Vest Fund. He was instrumental in establishing the Fanwood Community Foundation.
Mr. Chemidlin was involved with St. Bartholomew Church since its inception and was also a member of the adoration community at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scotch Plains. He was a past President of St. Helen’s Church Parish Council in Westfield and visiting many churches throughout the East Coast, where he shared his joy of giving as a prominent speaker on the blessings of tithing.
A lifelong sports lover, Mr. Chemidlin coached the Fanwood Youth Organization for many years. He was later involved in the Fanwood Old Men’s Softball League, the St. Bart’s Old Timers League, and the Hilltop Tennis Club on North Ave. until his 80s. He was a lifelong fan of his beloved Seton Hall Pirates Basketball team and the NY Mets.
Mr. Chemidlin touched the hearts and lives of so many people, and many have said: “You will never find a better man than Fred Chemidlin.” He is survived by his children David (Cora), Bernadette Joy Chemidlin, Beth Carman (Darryl), Peter (Joan) and Matthew (Janice), 18 grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Ave., Fanwood, on Tuesday, May 21, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at St. Bartholomew the Apostle R.C. Church, Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains, on Wednesday, May 22,nd at at 10:00 a.m. 0AM. Interment with military honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name be made to Fanwood Community Foundation.