Gilbert P. Zonge, Jr., of Egg Harbor Township, passed away in Galloway on May 11, 2024. He was 62-years old.

Born in Elmer, Gil graduated from Williamstown High School. He worked at the Sands Casino as a security supervisor, where he met his wife Stacey in 1990. They were married in May of 1992. Gil was a loving and devoted husband and father. He and Stacey had three biological children and fostered many children over the course of 15 years, eventually adopting three of those children.

Zinge was Chief of the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company. Prior to his service with Cardiff, he was also a member of the Tuckerton and Cecil fire companies and was Roads Division Supervisor for the EHT Public Works Department. He was a Level II Fire Instructor at the Canale Training Center, where he taught and mentored countless firefighters. He was a fire investigator with Egg Harbor and a member of the Atlantic County and Egg Harbor Township Technical Rescue Teams. He was an Atlantic County Fire Coordinator as well as the Township Fire Training Officer.

Gil was also a coach for EHTYO/PAL football programs, where he coached his sons Brandon and Tyler, as well as a coaching for EHT Recreation baseball.

Highly respected, Gil will be greatly missed by so many. He was a kind, loving, and compassionate soul. If you needed something, Gil was there without hesitation. He did so much for his community, and dedicated his life to being the best Chief he could be. He spent quality time with his wife and children, and always made time for date nights and special occasions. He enjoyed shooting trips with his older boys and family vacations, as well as visiting fire expos across the country.

Gil is survived by his wife Stacey, his daughters Ashley and Kira, sons Brandon (Ali) Matthew (Grace) Tyler and Kameron. Rest easy Chief we love you. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. When that fire tone rings, we know you will be watching over your men and women as they battle the next blaze or help the next individual in need.

Donations may be sent to Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company 1, 6609 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234.

– Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe