C. Wyllys Cass, III
C. Wyllys Cass, III

January 8, 1920 - March 31, 2017
Born in Newark, NJ
Resided in Clark, NJ


C. Wyllys Cass, III , 97 of Clark, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 after a brief illness.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Visiting hours on Sunday, from 2 - 4 pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 12:00 pm at Vanderhoven Chapel in Hazel Wood Cemetery, 64 West Lake Avenue, Clark, followed by the burial.

Wyllys was born in Newark. He proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII.

Wyllys was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (nee McMahon); parents, Charles Wyllys Cass, Jr. and Margaret (nee Hicks) and sister, Katharine Dunbar Cass. He is survived by his devoted children, C. Wyllys Cass, IV (Ellen) of Wayne, PA, Jeffrey Dunbar (Malissa) of Westfield, NJ and Denise Marie (Lewisberry, PA); cherished grandfather of Katharine Cass Zampella (Scotch Plains), Rebecca Cass (Garwood) and Marguerite Cass (Wayne, PA) and great grandfather of Neva Zampella (Scotch Plains).

Wyllys enjoyed a long and proud career of public service, initially as a Deputy Sheriff for the Union County Sheriff's Department, where he was a member of the pistol team; and attained the "Distinguished Expert" ranking as a consequence of his match shooting record. He transitioned to Court Administration, and ultimately retired at the age of 83 as manager of the municipal courts, with responsibility for the courts in every town in Union County. Thereafter, he served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, primarily in Plainfield until he was 91.

Prior to becoming a Sheriff's Deputy, which prevented direct involvement in political campaigns, dad was president of the Clark Republican club. During that period he became friends with Malcolm Forbes, and Governor Richard Hughes, among others. He was elected County Corner around 1947, and temporarily filled in for a few weeks when the Union County medical examiner passed away unexpectedly.

Aside from his professional pursuits, dad dedicated his life to public service, in every respect. His voluminous career of volunteer activities began with his involvement as commodore of the Sea Scouts of the Union Council of Boy Scouts of America. (1947-1955). He was chairman of the 'Winnebago' Boy Scout Camp in Marcella (Morris County) and was the largest fund raiser for their Community Chest fund drive.

After moving to Clark in 1954, he quickly became involved in township planning, and the Clark Shade Tree Commission. He was instrumental in securing funding to commence a systematic planting of street trees throughout the entire Township. By the time dad stepped aside after thirty years of dedicated service, every street in Clark had been enhanced by the planting of street trees. During this period, he was a member of the New Jersey Society of Arboriculture, and the International Shade Tree Commission.

We believe he is the only person to have ever attained president of the NJSA who was not directly involved in the industry as their primary business pursuit. His vision for the future was amazing, and his tireless dedication unequalled.

He also served on the Clark Juvenile Conference Committee for twenty-two years to council delinquent adolescents. He was co-chairman of this committee with Father Dennis Whelan from St. Agnes for about half of that time.

In his spare time, dad applied his considerable electro-mechanical ability and creativity to conjure up a constant stream of projects ranging from masonry, to electrical, woodworking, gardening and landscaping. In spite of this array of professional and community obligations, he always made time to attend more of our sporting events than most other parents.

He was grateful for his family, friends, and many life experiences he had. He lived to see numerous technological advances, appreciated most of them and wished he could see the great things that lay ahead.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to Children's Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092 or Habitat for Humanity, 2 Randolph Rd, Plainfield, NJ 07060.




Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home
803 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Sunday, April 2, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Funeral Service
Vanderhoven Chapel
West Lake Avenue
Clark, NJ US 07066
Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 PM
Hazel Wood Cemetery
West Lake Avenue
Clark, NJ US 07066
Monday, April 3, 2017
12:30 PM


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Matthew S. Perlmutter
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