Obituary: Paul William Hadsall, longtime Clark resident


(Photo courtesy of the Hadsall family)

Paul William Hadsall died Monday, Aug. 26, at Clark Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clark, after a long illness. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Marilyn Estelle (Taynor) Hadsall, and his son, Paul Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark. Visiting hours will be held at Walter Johnson Funeral Home in Clark from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Mr. Hadsall was born in Scranton, Pa. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served on a coastal mine sweeper, reaching the rank of Ship’s Cook, Third Class. He was honorably discharged in 1946, having earned the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal.

Mr. Hadsall moved to New Jersey around 1958 and has lived in Clark since approximately 1963.  He worked for General Motors at Hyatt Clark, and later for Hyatt Clark Industries as a quality control inspector until they closed in 1987.

He also worked in the dietary department of Rahway Hospital and for the Township of Clark as a school crossing guard.

Mr. Hadsall was an active member of Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark, where he served as an elder, trustee and deacon. He was also an active member of Lafayette Masonic Lodge in Rahway, where he organized their blood drives for several years. He earned the White Apron award from the Masons and 50 year pins from both the Masons and the Amaranth.

Mr. Hadsall was a Democratic Committeeman in Clark and served as the treasurer of the Clark Democratic Club. He was also a member of the Clark chapter of the AARP and the Clark American Legion. He volunteered at Rahway Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Osceola Presbyterian Church, 1689 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066, (908) 276-5300.

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