Charles R. Winkler, 74, of Pomona, passed away on January 28, 2021.

Charles, more affectionately known as ‘Chuck,’ ‘Wink,’ and ‘PopPop,’ grew up in Egg Harbor City and resided with his lifelong high school sweetheart Joyce at their home for 52 years.

Chuck was a graduate of Oakcrest High School, served in the Army National Guard, was a member of the Glaziers Union Local 252, where he shared his knowledge of the craft with many companies and their employees. He is most notably known for his volunteerism with the Pomona Volunteer Fire Company where he served actively for 48 years and ascended the ranks that included Chief, President, and Trustee.

Chuck spent his life dedicated to his family and the community. He helped thousands of residents throughout his lifetime, volunteered to coach the youth of the community, and was a wealth of knowledge for everyone.

He is predeceased by his father Charles Sr. and daughter Jennifer, he is survived by his wife Joyce, mother ‘Mabel,’ sons Charles (Donna), Doug, and Eric (Lauren), grandchildren: Michelle, Grace, Charles IV, Eric Jr., Adelle, and Clementine and his beloved pup Elmer.

A visitation was held on February 5 and 6, 2021, in Galloway with burial at Port Republic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pomona Volunteer Fire Department.                               

– Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe