WILLIAM A. DEERY served as a member of the Camden Police Department. Trained by the FBI to work with fingerprints, he served as the head of Identification Bureau in Camden in the 1940s. The post had been previously held by Rox Saponare and others.
The 1947 Camden City Directory shows that Willaim A. Deery and Family were then living at 2926 North Constitution Road in the Yorkship Square neighborhood of Camden. His next door neighbor was Charley Humes, columnist for the Courier-Post. The two became close friends.
William A. Deery passed away on December 29, 1950. He was survived by his wife, Mary, and sons William Jr., Thomas and John Deery.
Camden Courier-Post - August 26, 1941
Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies
Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.
were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city
hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St.
Wilfrid's Episcopal Church.
The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.
A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.
Hundreds of men and women waited outside the
building to pay their respects as the solemn procession filed by. Mayor
Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city employees. The
casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill, both past Legion
commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August Walter Chapter,
Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P.
Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William
Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.
Three trucks were required to carry the floral pieces from
the scene of the services to the National Cemetery at Beverly, where
burial took place.
An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.
The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.
A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.
were conducted by Camden lodges of Elks
and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the Fairview Post, American
Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past commander. The tribute was
led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C.
Richard Allen, past department commander.
W. Conner, chief clerk of the city water bureau and past State Commander
of the V.F.W., conducted rites at the grave.
Brunner and Commissioners Kobus,
Aaron, and Rhone
came early and remained throughout the hours of viewing. Mrs. Helen
Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in deep mourning, arrived
shortly after 7:00 PM.
Embraces Widow, Daughter
Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in prayer before the
bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her daughter. Mrs.
and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner. They were in
Three firemen and three policemen
maintained a vigil as a guard of honor. They were Patrolmen Jack Kaighn,
George Weber, and William
Deery and Firemen Arthur
Batten, Warren Carter and
American Legion and V. F. W. members
in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A
detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John
Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter
Mertz, assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times
choked the stairways leading to the
Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and
John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino
Ciechanowski, Earl Armstrong
and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American
Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied
of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by
Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having
150, the largest number.
acting director of the department, accompanied by James P. Carr,
superintendent of Streets; led the
highway bureau employees. Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first assistant to Mayor
Brunner. He was named by Brunner as
director until the City Commission elects Mr.
Clerk Frank J.
Suttill, City Clerk Clay
Fire Chief John H.
Lennox and James A.
Howell, chief of
city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert
Austermuhl, secretary of the board of education. Every city
department sent a floral piece.
Outstanding Floral Tribute
among the floral tributes was a six-toot broken circle of varied
flowers, an offering from Mayor Brunner and
floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association.
The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League
an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which
was the first president, was a large floral pillow.
The freeholders and county officials
gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of
the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and
fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and several Democratic clubs.
The floral tributes came in such
numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry
Leonard and his assistants could not find room for them in the
commission chamber proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear
and over the casket.
Among prominent officials and
citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles
A. Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney
P. McCord, city comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of
Camden County Council No. 10,
New Jersey Civil Service Association.
Others at Bier
Others were Sue Devinney, secretary
Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken,
city sealer of weights and measures, Horace
R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing Authority; George
I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.
Ray Smith, chairman of the Elks Crippled Children Committee and
commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert
Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr.
Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden
Housing Authority; Postmaster Emma
E. Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the Camden local assistance
former Assemblyman Rocco Palese,
former Freeholder Maurice Bart and wife, County Detective James
Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William
D. Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman,
Charles W. Anderson and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing
authority, Walter P.
Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J.
Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title
bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs;
acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski, building inspector,
Harry Langebein, city assessor.
H. Bond, housing manager of Clement
T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph
Varbalow, acting city counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel
Edward V. Martino, Paul Day, secretary of city board of assessors,
former Assemblyman William T. Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of
NYA; Victor J. Scharle and Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican
registrars, respectively, of the Camden County permanent registration
Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F.
Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican
City Committee; Dr. Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of
the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl
Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel
T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter
Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward
J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr,
stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel
T. French Jr., member, board of education.
Also John C. Trainor, member of the
Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio
Mecca, funeral director; Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the
housing authority, former Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and
Paul Reihman, member of the county park commission.
O’Brien, commander of the Camden Disabled American Veterans, was
in charge of services by veterans at the cemetery. Former Freeholder
Edward J. Quinlan, county vice-commander of the American Legion,
directed last night memorial services and was in charge of the firing
squad at the grave.
September 7, 1949
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Camden Courier-Post - December 29, 1950
|Charles L. Humes - North Constitution Road|
Camden Courier-Post - December 29, 1950
DETECTIVE WILLIAM DEERY, head of the Camden police identification bureau, died today at Cooper hospital. He is shown in the above photo at work in the laboratory of the FBI school in Washington, of which he was a graduate.
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