Mayor Michele Dale, on behalf of the Township of West Milford, honored the late Charles “Chuck” Enering, with the 2019 Mary B. Haase Lifetime Award.
For 30 years “he was a loyal and dedicated volunteer to the people of West Milford,” said Dale as she made the presentation at the Sept. 16 township council meeting.
Born on Oct. 29, 1984 in the Bronx Enering died on Feb. 23 at Morristown Memorial Hospital after a long, courageous battle with stomach cancer. He was 64.
Growing up in River Vale, he graduated from Bergen County Technical High School in 1974. He married Kathryn “Kathi” Mosser, the love of his life, in 1982.
They raised their two sons in West Milford before moving to Vernon a year ago.
C. J. is now a printing specialist living in Seattle Washington and Tom is an attorney practicing in New York.
Chuck worked in the advertising and printing fields for his entire career. He founded Highlands Printing and dedicated his talents to local churches, community groups and small businesses to meet their printing needs.
An active member of the West Milford Presbyterian Church, he held various positions as an Elder, Youth Director, and Vacation Bible School and Food Pantry Coordinator.
He was a leader for Boy Scout Troops 44 and 144 and organizer of a Christmas toy drive for local children. Enering was a very active member of the West Milford Lion’s Club, spearheading their annual coat drive, food drive and Health Fair. He organized a book collection for a non-profit effort in Kenya to combat illiteracy.
“Even though Chuck is no longer with us,” the mayor said, “his giving light will continue to shine.”
The first Mary B. Haase Lifetime Award went to Haase and Robert Daugherty in 1994 when they were recognized for their many acts of volunteerism including their work on environmental issues and service on the West Milford Environmental Commission.