Obituary of Vincent R Herold
Vincent Robert Herold, 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at his residence at Cedar Crest Senior Living Community, Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his former wife, Mary Patricia Van Vooren in 2011.
Born in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of Ann and Vincent George Herold. He graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, Paterson, NJ in 1948, and continued his education on a basketball scholarship at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama. He went on to receive his master’s degree at Syracuse University in Biological Sciences in 1963. Vince was a Korean War era veteran in the U.S. Army, trained as a medic and was given the “Outstanding Medical Soldier” award at Camp Picket, VA in 1952.
Vince began his teaching career at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ in 1955, where he taught biology and was a respected basketball coach. In 1959 he was chosen as Coach of the Year in Bergen County. Vince moved on to Mahwah High School where he also taught all levels of biology and coached basketball. From Mahwah it was on to Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ where he served as a teacher, then Vice-Principal and finally Principal for 15 years. During his tenure at Northern Highlands, Vince was awarded the prestigious “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence”. He also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Along the way, Vince took an interest in the science of water and wastewater treatment technology and obtained NJDEP Licensed Operator certifications. In 1994 He retired as principal from Northern Highlands. However, Vince's passion for teaching & mentoring led him out of retirement. He served as an interim Principal for a private school for autistic children before settling in his final teaching position at Immaculate Heart Academy in Township of Washington, NJ from 1998 - 2014.
Vince also had the distinguished honor of being inducted into the IHA Hall of Fame in 2004.
He loved to spend time cheering on the basketball team and was their biggest fan to the end of his days. He will be remembered for his quick wit, joy of teaching and the fact that he made a positive impact on the lives of many of his students.
He is survived by his children, Jan Marie Neilan (Thomas) of Kinnelon, Christopher Vincent Herold (Ann) of Forked River, Marcella Ann Carney (Rick) of Mendham, and Lee Santaromita of Branchburg. Vince was the cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. He also leaves behind his beloved sister Rita Ruffing of Sea Girt, and two nieces.
A private Funeral Mass will be held for the immediate family at St. Mary's RC Church in Pompton Lakes. A private interment service will be held at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes. A Memorial Mass and a celebration of Vince's life will be held at the Immaculate Heart Academy, Township of Washington, NJ on June 11, 2022, at 11:00 am. The family asks those wishing to attend please visit ihanj.com to RSVP.
In honor of Vince’s dedication to teaching and love of basketball and the IHA community, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Heart Academy, 500 Van Emburgh Avenue, Township of Washington, NJ 07676, Attention: Development Office.
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