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Friday, August 24, 2012

Memorial service set for Chuck Hale


Chuck and Tom turned the mansion at 922 Central Avenue into Plainfield's first B&B, The Pillars.
 
Chuck Hale, who founded Plainfield's first bed and breakfast inn The Pillars, passed away recently. An obituary has been published in today's Star-Ledger (see here).

There will be a memorial service this Sunday, August 26, at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, NJ.

Chuck and Tom opened The Pillars after Chuck retired from active ministry as a Presbyterian pastor, turning the large mansion at 922 Central Avenue into Plainfield's first bed and breakfast, of which they were the innkeepers and hosts.

Chuck and Tom also involved themselves in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District, especially in the fight to prevent the despoliation of the Abbott Nursing Home by its absentee corporate owners.

Chuck was active in the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce and was a member and supporter of the Plainfield Area YMCA. After retiring from The Pillars, Chuck served the Presbytery of Elizabeth as an interim pastor, during which time he helped the congregation of historic First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth refocus its ministry to the community.

The easiest way to the church is to take Route 22 East to the fork just before the island starts. Bear left at the fork (Western Termite will be on the left) onto Mountain Avenue and proceed north to where Mountain ends at Morris Avenue. The Presbyterian Church is across Morris Avenue on the right.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sad to hear Chuck has passed.

Chuck was a wonderful person. He was very helpful and supportive when I was working on making the Coriell Mansion a B&B.

Olive