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Adolph E. Woolley

Adolph E. Woolley was a devoted historian/photographer of the Toms River/Island Heights area and a humanitarian whose humbleness, congeniality, and generosity are fondly remembered by his many friends.

A native of Toms River, Mr. Woolley attended the Toms River Schools from 1909-1922. After graduation he worked for the Economy Sales Company in Toms River until he entered the U.S. Air Force. From 1942 to 1945 he was with the Overseas Air Transport Command stationed in the Pacific area. Nineteen months of his service career were spent in Guadalcanal as a supply technician. He was discharged as a staff sergeant and returned to Economy Sales until it closed.

He then began working for Harris Brothers on Main Street, Toms River where he was still working at the age of 84 when he died February 12, 1989.

He was happily married to Margaret (Peggy) Phillips Woolley for 40 years until she passed away March 10, 1987. Before her retirement in 1976, Mrs. Woolley taught business subjects in the Toms River Schools for 28 years.

One of Adolph Woolley's consuming interests was the Ocean County Boy Scouts. He was active as a scout leader for nineteen years from 1923 to 1942 but continued his guidance and active involvement for 68 years. In recognition of this service, the annual Adolph E. Woolley Good Scout Award is given in his honor. Adolph became a member of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River in 1918. He was elected Elder on December 17, 1931 and served for 57 years. In February of 1986 Mr. Woolley was presented with a certificate of appreciation and named "Elder With Honor." On that occasion Rev. Ansley VanDyke said, "Our church has been blessed over the years with many fine men and women who served as elders and deacons, but no one has served longer or with more faithfulness than has our beloved friend, faithful choir member, and church officer, Adolph E. Woolley."

Mr. Woolley was a member and past president of the Ocean County Historical Society, assisting in the publication of two historic photo books of Toms River and Island Heights in addition to supplying photographs for other publications.

This man is the epitome of the model the Hall of Fame had in mind to recognize and honor each year. Adolph was a humble, selfless, kind person who was interested in helping others not only locally but reaching out to the needy throughout the country. He did not leave Toms River to pursue a college education but instead lived here all of his life making a significant contribution to improving the quality of life. He was a true humanitarian.

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