SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Local legend Malcolm Nettingham, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, was given a sendoff befitting of a hero in downtown Scotch Plains on Saturday.

His funeral procession went past the Municipal Building and then down along Park Ave. and under two giant American flags hoisted above the road by the Scotch Plains fire department. His escort included motorcycle policeman, and vehicles from Scotch Plains and Fanwood police departments.

Mr. Nettingham took that very same route when he was the 2014 grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade. He died on Monday, just two weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. He was interred at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

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