November 16, 2022

Obituaries 11/16/2022

Lawrence J. Perks

Larry Perks, 83, passed away at Merwick Rehabilitation facility in Plainsboro on Saturday, November 12, 2022 following a long illness.

Larry was born in his grandparents’ farmhouse on Cherry Valley Road in Princeton Township on August 13, 1939. He was the son of the late Helen Parriski Perks and Thomas C. Perks Sr. and the brother of the late Thomas C. Perks Jr. and uncle of his late niece Sheila Perks Fisher.

Larry attended Princeton schools and graduated from Princeton High School in 1957. He was employed as a mason by his father until the mid-1970s when he and his brother took over the family business when his father retired. In 1979 Larry was seriously injured in an auto accident that left him unable to return to his line of work.

For many years he was a die-hard fan of Princeton University men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also attended the men’s practice sessions and operated the clock and scoreboard for the team as they practiced. It became a “labor of love” for him. He attended just about every home game the team played since before the days of Bill Bradley.

Larry is survived by several nieces and a nephew. He is also survived by his dear companion, Mary Pelc, with whom he has resided for many, many years, and by several cousins, both in the area and out of town.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in Princeton Cemetery on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his memory to St. Paul’s Parish, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.


William Hamilton Fonger

William Hamilton Fonger, PhD (September 19, 1925 – October 3, 2022), passed away in Milton, Delaware. He was born in Chicago, IL, where he grew up.

After serving in the Navy, Bill received his undergraduate, graduate, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. He moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1953 and worked at RCA Labs, David Sarnoff Research Center, until 1987. 

Bill was predeceased by his wife Carol Perkins Fonger in 1989. Bill remained in Princeton until 2014 when he moved in with his son, Robert, and son-in-law, Joseph Pecht. William is survived by his three children, Lesley Fonger Faber, Robert Fonger, and Jillanne Chester, as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.