Obituary of Robert G. Harding, Jr.
Robert G. Harding Jr., 91, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at the Bayshore Medical Center in Homdel.
Born in Plainfield, Bob grew up in Dunellen, graduating from Dunellen High School in 1950, attended William and Mary University, and served in the U. S. Army from 1952-1954 prior to his honorable discharge. Bob had been a resident of South Plainfield since 1959.
Faith, family, and volunteering was the definition and foundation of Bob’s life. He was an active member with the South Plainfield Vol. Fire Department for 51 years and served the department in several capacities. He served as Secretary to the South Plainfield Relief Firemen’s Association for over 30 years, was the past President of both the South Plainfield Exempt Firemen’s Association, as well as the New Jersey State Exempt Association. Bob was also an honorary member of the Arbor Hose Co. #1 in Piscataway where he served as the Secretary and Treasurer of their Exempt Association. In addition, he was a longtime member of the former Pilgrim Covenant Church in South Plainfield serving the church as a Deacon. He was also a volunteer for many years feeding the homeless through the FISH Association at Dunellen Presbyterian Church.
While raising his three children, he participated and coached during youth sports and club activities. Bob coached for South Plainfield Pop Warner, Junior Baseball Club, Ponytail Softball and also served as a Cub Scout Leader for Pack 24.
Predeceased by his parents Robert G. Harding, Sr, Mary Jacot Harding, and his brother Arthur; he is survived by his dear wife of 66 years, Dorothy Scarbaci Harding; children, Robert G. Harding III, Diane Ranger and her husband Ronald, and Julie Flasser and her husband James, all of South Plainfield; brother, Harold J. Harding and his wife Doris of Florida, and sister-in-law, Rosmary Harding of Piscataway; five grandchildren, Jessica Johnston and husband Michael, Danielle Hughes and husband Brian, Deanna, James, and Jennifer; five great-grandchildren, Tristan Hughes, Evelina and Callia Johnston, Colin and Faye Hughes, whom he loved, cherished and were his world.
Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends, along with his brothers and sisters of the South Plainfield Vol. Fire Dept. who were also a special part of his life.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 19, 2022 in the McCriskin – Gustafson Home for Funeralsbeginning at 4pm with a Fireman’s Funeral Service starting at 7:15pm followed by the rendering of Military Honors at 7:45pm.
The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 20222 at 11:00 am in the funeral home.
Cremation services will take place privately.
In Lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations be made to further benefit the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department https://www.southplainfieldfire.com/ or to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/