Laurence S. Weiss
...Laurence S. Weiss
...Laurence S. Weiss
, 84, of Woodbridge passed away yesterday morning, December 27, 2003, at Hollywood Medical Center
, Hollywood, Fla.
Born in Mischolz, Hungary, Mr. Weiss
immigrated to the United States with his
parents and sister when he
was 3 years of age, eventually settling in Carteret, where his
grandparents lived.He graduated from Carteret High School and attended Middlesex County College for one year.
After high school, he
moved to Perth Amboy
and began his
career, operating a service station in Newark.In 1940, he enlisted in the Army, beginning training at Fort Dix, serving also at Governor's Island, Fort Jay, before moving to Fort Jackson, and then to Fort Benning for Officers Candidate School from which he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army Infantry and assigned to the 94th Division in Salina, Kansas. On Aug. 31, 1941, Mr. Weiss married Edith Gelber of Perth Amboy, who has remained his wife since that time. In 1943, Mr. Weiss received orders to go overseas to New Caledonia, then to New Guinea, where he joined the 24th Infantry Division and served as a platoon leader, shortly reaching the rank of First Lieutenant, then Captain and Company Commander.His tour through the Pacific included the New Guinea Campaign, Leyte, Luzon, Bataan, Mindanao, and in the original landings on Shikokui, Japan, in August 1945, where he remained until returning to the United States and joining the Army Reserve.He
was recalled to active service during the Korean War and was assigned to the Inspector General's
Department as a major, serving until the end of 1952, and continuing in the Army
Reserve until 1968.
service time, Mr. Weiss
was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars, the Purple Heart, and the American, Asiatic and European Theater ribbons
, and his
unit received two presidential citiations.On his return from the wars, he again joined his former employer, the American Petroleum Corporation of Perth Amboy, rising to the position of President in 1960.
In 1977, Mr. Weiss
became Senator Weiss
, being elected to the New Jersey state Senate and remaining for 14 years.Senator Weiss was a valued member of a variety of committees including Agriculture, State Government, Education, Oversight, and the Legislative Commission.He served as a member of the State Finance, Revenue and Appropriation Committee for 12 years and was its chairman for 11 years.He also served as chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee for six years.Locally, Senator Weiss served as a member of the Woodbridge Library Board for five years, also as President, and was instrumental in completing its building program with the construction of the Fords Branch and the Main Library.He was a member of the Middlesex County Planning Board, resigning when he was elected to the New Jersey Senate.
Sen.Weiss was a founder and director of Mid Jersey National Bank for three years.
Sen.Weiss was also a longtime member of the Perth Amboy Lions Club and its president for a term.He was a board member and President of Congregation Adath Israel in Woodbridge. He
was predeceased by his
sister, Eve Hacker.
Survived by: He
is survived by his
wife, Edith; his
daughter, Patricia, and her
husband, David Fisher, and their two children, Jamie Lynn and Evan Fisher, who reside in Washington, D.C., and his
son, Steven and daughter-in-law, Nora Weiss, and their two daughters, Donna Lee and April, who reside in Florida.