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Harry H. Chandless

April 23, 1930 ~ April 9, 2022 (age 91)

Obituary

Harry Hutman Chandless, Jr. was born to Harry Chandless, Sr and Helen Cathryn Nixon. He lived nearly his entire life in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, where he was active in politics, government and numerous civic organizations and had an extraordinarily positive impact on countless lives in the process.

In 1951, Harry became the youngest elected member to the Bergan County Republican Committee. Around that time he also founded the Bergen Count Young Republican Club, for which he would serve as President and Solicitor.  Among other roles, he was also the former Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Chairman.

Harry graduated at the top of his class from Columbia College and Columbia Law School, where he was named a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar. Admitted to the bar in 1955, he served as Hasbrouck Heights Borough Prosecutor from 1958 to 1966, when he was appointed to Municipal Judge. He held that position for 36 years, setting a record fot the longest continuous serving judge in New Jersey.

In 1971, Harry also organized the Save the Ocean Society to successfully block the construction of a floating nuclear power plant off the New Jersey coast.

He was involved in multiple services and professional organizations, including as Past President of the Hasbrouck Heights Lion Club, Deacon in the First Reformed Church of Hasbrouck Heights, member of the Euclid Masonic Lodge and Life Member of the Bergen County Bar Association.

Harry had a brilliant mind, a contagious sense og humor, 1001 uses for duct tape and most of all an amazing heart. He is survived by his adoring children, Kathryn, Barbara, and Harry lll, as well as 10 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren, who will forever cherish his memory.

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