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William Patrick Lang Jr, was born on May 12, 1935 in Long Branch, New Jersey, to William and Elizabeth Lang.

Bill grew up in Fair Haven and graduated from St. James Catholic High School in 1954. Bill married Barbara Gettis in 1959, where they raised their family in Fair Haven and retired to Vero Beach, Florida. Bill was a dedicated volunteer throughout his life and gave back to his community. He was a life member of the Fair Haven Fire Company, where he served for over 59 years. Bill was a two-time Fire Department Chief in 1968 and 1974. During his time with the fire company, Bill was the First Aid Captain in 1972 and President of the First Aid Department and one of the founding members of the scuba diving team receiving their New Jersey Council of Divers Certification early in 1963. During which time he helped start the Monmouth County First Aid 16th district. He also managed the Fair Haven Pirates baseball team and the Church of the Nativity’s girl basketball team. Bill was the past President of the Rumson Fair Haven High School Booster and Fair Haven Democratic Club. Bill prepared meals for 10 years for the Knollwood School stokes trip. That was not the only place where his culinary skills were used; he also cooked at the Firehouse Meals, Pancake breakfasts, prepping food for the Fireman's Fair and the annual January Open House with his famous Chili!   Bill also served on the Fair Haven election board.

Yes, Bill had Family time too. The Lang’s went camping With the Van Develde’s and other families, and Sunday's dinner at the beach with the Butler’s. Bill also enjoyed Ice Boating and Drag Racing at Maple Grove. Bill retired from Esso Gas Company in Linden, New Jersey, and retired fire inspector of Fair Haven Borough.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth Lang, sister, Catherine Pfaff and precious son, Jeffrey Lang. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara of 61 years, two sons, Scott Lang of Woburn, Mass., and Douglas Lang of Fair Haven, daughter, Janet Senft and Husband Michael of Spring Grove, PA. Bill also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Brandon and Meaghan Lang, Tiffany Avis and her Husband Adam, Phillip LaRose, Nekoda, Elijah and Isaiah Fleming, along with 4 Great Grandchildren. Bill also leaves behind nieces Anne Pfaff and Maureen Delehoy and nephew Eugene Pfaff. He will be loved and missed greatly by those he left behind.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 14th from 5 to 8 pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 15th at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Ave, Fair Haven.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown. In keeping with the current state mandates regarding COVID-19, face coverings must be worn by all visitors before entering the funeral home and visitors are also asked to observe social distancing.   Visitors are asked to greet the family and then exit the funeral home so that others may also visit due to the limited, allowable capacity.

The family would like to thank you for all your kind wishes and sympathy. They truly appreciate all the wonderful people they have been privileged to know and reconnect with throughout this difficult time.



Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740