In Memoriam


In Memory of

Charles George Mitchell Jr.

March 16, 1928 - February 3, 2018


Charles George Mitchell Jr., age 89, of the Packanack Lake section of Wayne, passed peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

He was born to Charles and Lillian Mitchell on March 16, 1928 and raised in Jersey City where he graduated from St. Michael's High School with the Class of 1946. In 1952 he enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War and served most of his time in Virginia Beach, VA. For much of his service he was a Signalman positioned in a land based tower and signaling ships with Morse code flashes of light from a search lamp fitted with a shutter. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal for his service.

Charles joined the Port Authority Police Department in 1956 where he was initially stationed collecting tolls since toll collecting and driving the Port Authority tow trucks were the responsibility of the Port Authority Police at the time he started his career. During his years with the department he began taking night school courses at Seton Hall University where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. Over the course of his career at the Port Authority Charles advanced to Sergeant and ultimately the rank of Lieutenant before he retired from the department in 1990.

Charles and his wife Patricia moved into the Packanack Lake section of Wayne in 1950ís when many area roads were still dirt. They were founding parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wayne and were fixtures at Sunday Noon Mass for many years.

Charles was a loving and devoted husband of fifty-one years to his late wife Patricia (McDermott) Mitchell who passed away in January of 2003. He was a lifelong New York Giants Fan, amateur wood carver, and super organized. He was also an animal lover and enjoyed the company of his late dogs Mickey (Boxer) and Digger (Labrador Retriever).

Charles was the loving father of John Mitchell and his wife Linda of Rye, New York, Jim Mitchell and his wife Debbie of Cedar Grove, Thomas Mitchell and his wife Kelly of Vernon, and Mary Ann Atherton and her husband Jason of Virginia; he was the cherished grandfather of Christopher, Brian, Samantha, Matthew (d.2015), Billy, and Hannah Mitchell, and Eliza and Fiona Atherton.

Friends may visit with the family from 4pm - 7pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 9 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from the funeral home then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, 580 Ratzer Road, Wayne where a 10 AM Funeral Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 580 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 would be appreciated.

Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home
567 Ratzer Road
Wayne, NJ


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