Greg DePaul made a lot of friends during his 61 years in Bayville. They will have a chance to say goodbye to him at his wakes on Wednesday and his funeral on Thursday.
DePaul, a lifelong resident, died on Sunday at Community Memorial Hospital in Toms River, of complications from lung cancer. He will be buried on Thursday in Bayville Cemetery, in the community he loved and served for so long.
A viewing will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Mastapeter Funeral Home, 270 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville. A special Fireman's Service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m., according to his obituary on Legacy.com
DePaul's funeral will be held Thursday. Family and friends may gather at 8 a.m. in the funeral home, or attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Barnabas R.C. Church on Woodland Road in Bayville, his obituary states.
Greg DePaul's contributions to Berkeley Township are many.
DePaul served as superintendent of the Berkeley Township Sewerage Authority for 43 years. He was the founder of the Berkeley Township Hazardous Materials Response team and served as chief for 22 years, from 1990 to 2012.
He was the founding vice-president, past fire chief, and a 36-year member of the Pinewald Pioneer Fire Company. He was an active adjunct instructor for New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Training Programs for over 20 years.
DePaul was a Deputy Coordinator of the Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management, a founding committee member for the New Jersey Task Force One (NJTF-1) Urban Search and Rescue Team, and past Deputy Fire Warden for the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service.
His tireless services earned him a Distinguished Service Medal and Award from the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office in 2011.
DePaul was also a musician who enjoyed playing the drums and loved camping with his family and friends.
"Anyone around Greg could easily see his passion for the things he enjoyed," his obituary states. "He will be dearly missed and forever loved by his family and friends."
DePaul is survived by his loving wife, Candy; daughter, Sherry Dohn and husband George; son, Greg and wife Brenda; grandchildren, Shawn and Alexis Dohn, and Brady and Katelyn DePaul. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Elias, who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations in Greg's name be made to the Pinewald Fire Company, P.O. Box 195, Bayville, NJ 08721.