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Paramus Environmental Commission Founder Passes Away

George Robert Schevon dies at 87

PARAMUS - George Robert Schevon, 87, died on May 16.

Born in Passaic, George grew up in Teaneck and has resided in Paramus since 1961. An ardent Yankee fan and closet cartoonist, George enjoyed a long and distinguished career in environmental engineering, having received degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1950 and the University of Connecticut in 1953. Prior to entering the workforce, he answered the call for engineers to map the uncharted waters off the coast of Maine and in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia, serving as an ensign aboard the USC&GS Pathfinder in the Coast and Geodetic Survey, a uniformed service.

Following his commission, George worked at Hayden Wegman Engineers in New York City for 35 years, becoming Vice President. His professional accomplishments include the design of water and sewage treatment plants as well as the revitalization of the Lake at Delaware Park, a historic urban park system in Buffalo, New York designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. After retiring, George served as an independent consultant for several prominent New Jersey firms until the age of 76.

As a member of Our Lady of the Visitation Church in Paramus, George served as a lector and was highly appreciated for his many contributions over the years. In the early '90s, George assisted the Pastor in the total renovation of the Church and the Rectory. He was instrumental in organizing the fundraising effort which made the project a success. He served as president of the parish council, chaired the finance committee, and worked tirelessly to organize the Archbishop's Annual Appeal as well as the "Renaissance Campaign" in 2004. He was awarded the Jubilee Medal Pro Meritis for distinguished service within the Archdiocese of Newark. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.

George had a passion for protecting the environment with an emphasis on wetlands conservation. In 1973, he was appointed by Mayor Charles E. Reid to form the Paramus Environmental Commission, where he served for 6 years. During his tenure, George successfully fought to protect the town's last remaining wetlands and established one of the first municipal recycling programs. He also served on the borough's Board of Health and dedicated many years to the Boy Scouts of America, acting as Committee Chairman of Troop 138.

He is survived by his cherished wife, Elaine, his sister, June Schevon, his four children, Catherine, Linda, Valerie and George Matthew, and seven grandchildren, Monica, Victoria, Hana, Natalie, Georgia, Sophia and Ethan. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Farview Ave., Paramus. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home followed by a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church, 234 North Farview Ave., Paramus. Interment will be at the George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Memorial donations may be made to the Father Watters Paramus Knights of Columbus, Council #5680, 154 Broadview Terrace, Paramus, 07652.

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