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Calvin Reeve Carver


Sunday, March 25, 2018

New Providence, N.J. — Calvin Reeve Carver died peacefully on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was born in 1925 in East Orange and lived in Maplewood from 1930 until 1961 when he moved to Short Hills. He also had a vacation home in Pomfret, Vermont for more than 40 years, where he enjoyed skiing, gardening, hiking, riding on his “gator”.

Mr. Carver was married to Emma Gilbert of Maplewood from 1951 until she died in 1977. In 1982, he married June Ferguson of Short Hills. He is survived by his wife, June; two children, Marcey Carver (Bradford, Vt.) and Chip Carver (Anne DeLaney) of Mendham, N.J.; as well as three step-daughters, Julie Ferguson Snell (John) of Charlottesville, Va., Jane Ferguson Scurti (James) of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Jill Ferguson DiNola (Marc) of Cumberland, Md.; five grandchildren including Laura Carver Dionne (Bradford, Vt. & NYC); and 13 step-grandchildren. A son, Gibb Carver died in 2008. What he enjoyed most was spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren. He made every effort to attend graduations, sporting events, and plays of his many grandchildren and was looking forward to the June wedding of his granddaughter, Emma. His interests were varied and his knowledge extraordinary.

He graduated from Cornell University. He served in the Navy from 1943 until 1947 and in the Organized Naval Reserve from 1947 until 1950. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, and served until 1952.

From 1947 until 1950, he was employed in the Newark office of Public Service Electric and Gas Company. From 1952 until 1986, he was first an executive at City Gas Co in Maplewood, N.J. and then at NUI Corporation in Elizabeth, N.J. From the 1960’s until 2006 he was also President of Penn-Jersey Pipe Line Co. He had served as President of the New Jersey Gas Association and was a member of the Society of Gas Lighting and Eta Kappa Nu Association.

Mr. Carver was an active member of Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, N.J. He was also a member of the Milburn Beautification Committee and the Old Guard of Summit.

At the age of 78, Mr. Carver was granted two patents by the United States Patent Office. They involved the revitalization of abandoned railroad tunnels for natural gas storage.

A service will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Short Hills Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills. A gathering will follow, at The Short Hills Club, 9 Lake Shore Drive, Short Hills. A memorial service in Pomfret will occur at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Congregational Church, Short Hills, N.J.; the Gilbert Carver Memorial Endowment at The Pingry School, Martinsville, N.J.; or the Engineering Library at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.