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Vol. LXIII, No. 46
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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George L. Aldridge

Seymour R. Dolin

Hernando Alonso Sr.

Robert L. Cronin

Memorial Service for Leonard Grey

Norma T. Ashbock

George L. Aldridge

George L. Aldridge

George Lewis Aldridge, 88, of Skillman, died November 13 at his home at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

He was born and grew up in Maple Shade, N.J., a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended Haverford College, graduating in 1942 with a degree in economics. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as an ordnance officer in the Pacific theater during World War II, mainly on Okinawa. After the war, he attended Harvard Business School, where he received an M.B.A. in accounting.

He married Carolyn Wineman Brown of Greensburg, Pa. in 1949. They raised three children in Haddonfield and Barrington, N.J., Salisbury, Md., Princeton Junction, and Worthington, Ohio.

Mr. Aldridge was a certified public accountant. He worked as an external auditor, internal auditor, and corporate controller at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia; RCA in Camden, N.J.; Symington Wayne Corporation in Salisbury, Md.; Borden, Inc., in New York City and Columbus, Ohio; the Delaval Turbine Division of Transamerica Corporation in East Windsor; and the Korman Corporation in Langhorne, Pa.

He lived an active life. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction for nearly 40 years, serving on the church council for many years. He was a volunteer teacher of GED preparation classes at the Trenton Soup Kitchen. He also volunteered as a teacher of English as a Second Language in West Windsor. He played bridge with passion and skill. An avid sports fan, he favored teams from Philadelphia, beginning with the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics. He lived a productive and unassuming life dedicated to his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and colleagues.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; three children, Scott Aldridge of Paoli, Pa., Ronald Aldridge of Leonia, N.J., and Elizabeth King of Garrett Park, Md.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction, on December 5 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haverford College or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Seymour R. Dolin

Seymour R. Dolin, 89, died November 12 at Merwick in Princeton. The son of Jack and Fannie, he was born in Brooklyn N.Y. (“the best country in the world” in his estimation”).

From 1942-1945 he served in the Army Air Force, first repairing aircraft, and then instructing others. His education consisted of a short stint at City College of New York. He was a voracious reader and mainly self-educated. From 1947 to 1959 he worked for Crawford Clothes Inc. as a collection manager, and from 1959 to 1968 he worked at Investors Planning Corp. of America in Customer Relations as a supervisor. His favorite job, from 1975-1988, was as an investigator for the Securities and Exchange Commission. He retired in 1988 to take care of Edith, his ailing wife of 38 years, who died in 1998.

After commuting back and forth for four years between Stamford, Conn. and Princeton to visit Martha Kingsley, his first cousin by marriage, he moved permanently to Princeton in 2004.

He enjoyed reading mystery books, doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble (“never beaten”), and traveling. He excelled at telling jokes with embellishments and various accents. It gave him pleasure to make people laugh with his witty off-the-cuff remarks.

He is survived by his sister Zita Weinberg and his special companion, Martha Kingsley. He is buried at Montefiore Cemetery in Long Island. Memorial donations may be sent to the First Aid Squad, 237 N Harrison Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540, or another charity of the donor’s choosing.

Hernando Alonso Sr.

Hernando Alonso Sr.

Hernando Alonso Sr., 92, formerly of Princeton, died November 8.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, he moved to Princeton in 1960 and worked for the Modern Language Association of America in New York City.

A passionate reader of poetry, his favorite poem was “Song of the Flower” by Kahlil Gibran.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Angeline; a son, Harry; a daughter, Anne Barnett of North Las Vegas, Nev.; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert L. Cronin

Robert L. Cronin, 86, of Princeton, died November 13 at home.

Born in Massachusetts, he was a graduate of Boston College, Class of 1947. A veteran of World War II, he served in the 17th Airborne Division.

He retired from the IBM Corporation.

An avid sports fan, he was active in the Princeton Youth Baseball Program, Babe Ruth League, Princeton Midget Football League, and the Nassau Hockey League. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Princeton and the Springdale Golf Club.

A communicant of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, he served the church as a trustee, Eucharistic Minister, and hospital visitor at the Princeton Medical Center. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Finance Committee and Men’s Prayer Group.

The husband of the late Ruth M. Cronin, he is survived by his children Nancy Fiddler of the Villages, Fla., Diane Juno of Mercerville, and Robert M. Cronin of Princeton; and three grandchildren.

The funeral was November 17 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church. Burial followed at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Memorial Service for Leonard Grey

A memorial service for Leonard Grey will be held this Saturday, November 21, at 3 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, Quaker Road, Princeton. It will be followed by a gathering at the Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street.

Norma T. Ashbock

Norma Thatcher Ashbock, 86, of West Windsor, died November 13 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in West Windsor, she was a lifelong resident of the township. She was a homemaker, a founding member of the former Penns Neck Community Club, and a member of the Princeton American Legion Post 76 Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Ashbock was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Ashbock Sr. in 1987, and by a son, Robert W. Ashbock Jr. in 2006. She is survived by a daughter, Diane Darlington of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A private graveside service will be held at Princeton Memorial Park in Robbinsville, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online by visiting

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