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George Neville Former Principal of the George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood Dead at 78

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Ridgewood NJ, George Neville, 78, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022 in Princeton. He was born in Hartford, CT, grew up in Winchester, MA, and settled in Ridgewood, NJ. He graduated from Harvard University in 1966, attended Boston College Law School, and Tuft’s Graduate School in Massachusetts, where he met his wife of 49 years, Frances Jani. He enjoyed history, especially the American Civil War. He loved sports and was a three-sport athlete in college, participating in baseball, football, and basketball.  He earned All-American honors in baseball: a wonderful culmination to a youth spent on the baseball diamond where he and his friends honed their skills and eventually played in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1955 & ‘56.  He spent the bulk of his career in education as Principal of the George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood, NJ.  There will always be a special place in his heart for his GW Family.  George loved people most of all and had a unique ability to assemble an exceptional learning environment.

Predeceased by his parents George Malcolm and Florence (Shannon) Neville; he is survived by his wife Frances Jani Neville; children Ben Neville; Jennifer Ann Findlay and husband Trey Findlay; Tyler Neville and wife Lauren Haugh Neville; grandchildren Brennan Neville, Declan Findlay, Bowen Neville, McCoy Neville, and an additional grandson to be born in November; sister, Ann Howell, sister-in-law, Mary Englert, along with many nephews and friends that he loved dearly.

An Ice Cream and Popcorn Memorial will be held from 7-9pm on Friday, September 23, 2022 at George Washington Middle School, 155 Washington Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

One thought on “George Neville Former Principal of the George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood Dead at 78

  1. Always helpful, always had a good word…a real gentleman. You will be misses and remembered!

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