Daniel P. George,
former Chief of the Trenton Fire Department
passed away September 13, in the Capital
Health Medical Center, Hopewell. His loving
children were with him. Dan was ninety years
Born on April 4, 1927, Dan was the son of
the late Daniel P. George, Sr. and his wife
Catharine McIntyre George. He had one
sibling, an older sister, the late Marion
Dan was happily married for 41 years to the
late Barbara Guilfoyle of Trenton. She died
in 1994. He is survived by their three
children and their spouses, Kimberley George
McClain and her husband Patrick of
Bordentown, Daniel T. George and his wife
Eileen of Lawrenceville, and Casey George
and his wife Lori of Wilmington, NC. Also
surviving Dan are his and Barbaraís ten
grandchildren and seventeen
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by
his niece Marion Fugill of Hamilton.
Ever a creator of names for other people,
Dan sometimes chose his own. He was known as
Grandpop Dunk to his grandchildren.
In 1999, Dan married Betty Holland whose
five grown children Cynthia, Elise, Chris
and his wife Lydia, Tim and Matt, and later,
as they married, their spouses, warmly
welcomed Dan into their lives. Dan was known
affectionately as One-Step by his nine
honorary step-grandchildren, a name he
created when asked what he wished to be
called on the arrival of the first
Born and raised in Trenton, Dan and Barbara
moved to Columbus on his retirement. He
resided there for 23 years. He was a
resident of Hopewell for the past two years.
Dan left high school at seventeen to enlist
in the navy, intent on being in the service
to his country in the Second World War. His
enlistment at that age required his fatherís
written permission. Trained as a signal man,
he served in that capacity aboard the escort
carrier U.S.S. Kula Gulf CVE-108 in the
Pacific Theatre. He was aboard ship in
Honolulu, Hawaii, where the fleet was
preparing for the planned invasion of Japan
when, on August 16, 1945, President Harry S.
Truman announced Japanís unconditional
surrender. On signal duty that day, Dan
recorded that message as he received it from
another ship. His copy of the recording is
still in Danís possession. Dan served until
his honorable discharge in July, 1946.
After discharge, he completed his high
school work, graduating from Trenton Central
High School. He continued to identify with
the class of 1945, which would have been his
graduation year had he not left school. He
attended reunions and was part of the
Dan joined the Trenton Fire Department in
1950. During his career, he was the youngest
captain, the youngest battalion chief, and
the youngest deputy chief of the department.
That series of successes was culminated in
his appointment by the late Mayor Arthur
Holland as the youngest Chief in 1971. His
service ended on his birthday, April 4, 1992
when he became 65 and the Fire Department
coincidentally celebrated its 100th
Anniversary, an event marked by a full
parade. It proved providential that Dan had
become the Departmentís Chief. Dan was the
longest serving Chief with almost 22 years.
His service to the department lasted
Dan was a happy man. He loved to sing,
whistle and laugh. He was accomplished at
all three. At a young age, about five, he
sang on the radio from the Stacy Trent Hotel
Ballroom which was on West State Street near
the State Capitol. The program of
youngsters, who needed to audition and
rehearse for their appearance, was carried
over a local radio station and occurred
weekly on Sunday morning. Coached by his
older sister Marion, Danís signature song
was ďWalking My Baby Back Home.Ē Danís
career lasted a couple of years. He could
describe standing on a chair and facing the
large circular microphone, then in use,
which he sang into. There was always an
Dan loved history, especially military
history. He visited several European
battlefields of the first and second World
Wars. He was always fascinated by the Battle
of Verdun. He was a Civil War buff, read
extensively about the War and its battles,
and visited many of the Warís battlefields.
He supported the Civil War Trust which saved
and preserved Civil War battlefields
threatened with development. He was a
lifetime member of Garfield Camp No. 4 of
the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
and a retired officer of that Camp.
He was instrumental in the early development
of the Civil War Museum, originally housed
in the original fire headquarters on Perry
Street, Trenton. Now included it the museum
at the 112th Artillery Regiment on Eggertís
Crossing Road Armory, Lawrenceville, Dan
became an active member of the 112th Field
Artillery and a volunteer at the museum on
He also was a regular supporter of the U.S.
Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the
U.S.O. among other veteran and civic groups.
Baptized at St. Francis Church, then on
Front Street., Dan became a member of the
Church of the Sacred Heart of Trenton as a
young man. He and Barbara were married
there. Dan served as an usher for many
Funeral service will be Tuesday at 9 AM from
Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White
Horse Ave., Hamilton (www.KingstonandKemp.com).
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM at
Sacred Heart Church, 343 S. Broad St.,
Trenton, NJ 08608.
Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery,
1800 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton.
Relatives and friends may call on Monday
from 6 to 9 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made in Danís honor to
Sacred Heart church, 343 S. Broad St.,
Trenton, NJ 08608, The Civil War
Preservation Trust, P.O Box 17686,
Baltimore, MD 21297 (www.civilwar.org) or to
a charity of the donorís choice.
Elizabeth Senczy, 90,
of Yardville, passed away Saturday,
September 9, 2017, at home.
Elizabeth was born in Andover, Ohio. After
the death of her mother at age 11, she and
her father moved to Hungary where she met
and married her late husband. She returned
to the US in 1947 and her late husband
immigrated shortly after. They resided in
Yardville for almost 60 years. Elizabeth
began working at GM / Fisher Body in Ewing
in 1948, retiring from there after 30 years
She was a longtime, faithful member of
Hungarian Reformed Church, Trenton.
Elizabeth was an excellent cook and
outstanding baker of traditional Hungarian
fare. Elizabeth was an accomplished
seamstress and was skilled in needlecrafts.
She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening
and building dollhouses.
Predeceased by her husband of 70 years,
Bertan Senczy and her sister Susan, she is
survived by her son and daughter-in-law
Lester and Theresa Senczy, her daughter and
son-in-law Kathleen and Thomas Clay, her
grandchildren Ashley Smith and husband
Stephen, Suzann and Elizabeth Senczy,
Christine Orshak and husband Collin and
Stefanie Clay, and her great-grandchildren
Hayden, Cameron and Logan Orshak and Alexa
and Ellie Smith.
Funeral service will be Monday, September
18, 2017 at 11 AM at Kingston & Kemp Funeral
Home, 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton (www.KingstonandKemp.com).
Rev. Laszlo Ujj, Pastor of Hungarian
Reformed Church will officiate.
Entombment will follow at Princeton Memorial
Park, 403 Gordon Rd., Robbinsville.
Relatives and friends may call on Sunday
from 6 to 8 PM and on Monday from 10 to 11
AM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made in Elizabethís
honor to Hungarian Reformed Church, 180 Home
Ave., Trenton, NJ 08611.