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Joseph Reading Comly III

November 3, 1932 April 11, 2014
Joseph Reading Comly III
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Joseph Reading Comly, III, 81 died peacefully at his home in Pennington, NJ, on April 11th. Joe was born in Morrisville, PA, and spent most of his personal and professional life in the Trenton area. Son of the late Joseph and Susanne Comly, he was a graduate of Lawrenceville School and Lehigh University, where he was a champion wrestler. After college he served in the Air Force and then joined his father in business at the Anchor Thread Company, where he later became president. During these years, Joe served on the Boards of Mercer Medical Center, Broad Street Bank, and the Kerney Foundation. Additionally he supported several other Trenton charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Rescue Mission. His second career in hospital administration began in the 1980's, a field first introduced to Joe through his earlier volunteer work. He was an administrator at Mercer Medical Center and later retired from UMDNJ in Newark. In his leisure time Joe was active in racquet sports, playing both squash and tennis competitively and socially his entire life. He was a member of Arbor Lea Tennis Club and the Trenton Club. In recent years he became passionate about bridge and chess. In addition, Joe was a lifelong reader and student of history. Above all, Joe was devoted to Nina Moyer, his loving partner for the past 28 years. Joe was predeceased by his son, Joseph R. Comly IV. He is survived by his daughter Christine Comly, and his son, Andrew Comly, as well as Nina's children and their families: Andy and Anne Moyer, Mike and Shaina Moyer, J.D. and Lauren Moyer and three grandsons, Eli, Will, and Charlie Moyer. In addition he is survived by his brother, Tom, and his cousin, Derik Sutphin . A Memorial Service will be held in the summer to honor Joe's life. Arrangements are under the Blackwell Memorial Home, Pennington, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Community Hospice of Greenwood House or the Trenton Rescue Mission.

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