Harry C. Mahler died peacefully at his home in Farmingdale on Saturday, September 17. Harry was born in Long Branch and was educated at Mater Dei High School, Belmont Abbey College, and Monmouth College. He enjoyed employment for several years at Club Comanche on Saint Croix, one of his beloved Caribbean islands, and then spent his working life with H.R. Mahler and Sons, Painters and
Decorators, a firm founded by his grandfather in 1923. Since retiring he enjoyed being a part of the VNA Health Group’s Stately Homes by the Sea Designer Show House.
Blessed with endless intellectual curiosity, Harry had an encyclopedic knowledge of cooking and gardening, and was always eager to share his delight in them. A talented artist himself, he was devoted to the fine arts and enjoyed frequent excursions to theaters and museums in New York. And he loved all domestic animals.
He is survived by his loving family, his life partner of 30 years, Keith Koenig; his mother, Helen Mahler of Highlands; his sisters, Linda Mahler and her husband Edward Champlin of Stockton and Dawn Stout of Rumson; his brother, Peter Mahler of Highlands; his niece, Katie Loughran Ujj and her husband Joseph Ujj of New Hope Pennsylvania; a nephew, Michael Loughran of Philadelphia; a niece, Sarah Stout of New York City; and great-niece and nephew Mimi and Eero Ujj.
Funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Foundation Office, 176 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701, or to the Monmouth County SPCA & Homeward Bound Adoption Center, 260 Wall Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724, would be much appreciated. Random acts of kindness in Harry’s name will also keep his memory alive.