Herbert H. Newton, 91, of Rutherford and Brownington, Vt., passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Born in Long Valley, NJ, the son of the late Max D. & Alberta (Day) Newton, he moved with his family to North Arlington in 1926. He graduated from Bordentown Military Institute in 1935 and was a post graduate in 1936, having compiled an outstanding record as a cadet and being only the fourth cadet officer to attain the rank of cadet major battalion commander.


Herbert graduated in 1941 from Rutgers University with a BS degree in Business Administration. He became engaged to his future wife, Dorothy Price, on graduation day and they married on Dec. 25, 1941. He was called to active duty in March of 1942 and he did ground combat in the European Theatre of Operations from 1944-1946 with the 100th Infantry Division, 397th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, fighting in France and Germany. He attained the battlefield rank of Major and received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal.


Returning to North Arlington, he worked in the family milk business and became President of Forest Dairy, Inc., as well as owning several Forest Food Convenience stores with his son, Doug, and Leisure Sporting Goods, with his son, Glenn.


In addition to his business activities, Herb had been involved in many professional, civic and social events. He became a member of the Equity Savings & Loan board in 1968, becoming the Chairman of the Board in 1978 until its merger with Lincoln Savings in 1982. He was a Director and past president of the West Hudson-South Bergen Chamber of Commerce, was involved with the North Arlington United Way, was founder & past president of the North Arlington High School Scholarship Fund, was a member and past president of the North Arlington Lions Club and was a past Deputy Governor from NJ Lions, District A. He volunteered many hours in readying Camp Marcella so that blind children may enjoy summers there. He was also past president and founder of the North Arlington Little League (raking the field and constructing the dug-outs), past Director of the West Hudson YMCA, and chairman of the building committee of West Hudson Hospital.


He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of North Arlington as well as performing duties on the board of trustees, the session, and was treasurer for 35 years. He is a Loyal Son of the Rutgers Alumni Association, alumni of Phi Gamma Delta and was instrumental in establishing the Rutgers Class of 41 Merit Scholarship.


Mr. Newton was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy in 2007, by his sister Eleanor Newton and his son-in-law Richard Robb. He is survived by his daughter Carol Robb of New Egypt with whom he resided, and his sons Herb Jr. of Rutherford, Douglas and Patricia of Vermont and Glenn and Kathleen of Whitehouse Station, NJ. He is also survived by his brother Daniel and Mae Newton of Vermont and his sister Alberta Newton of Kearny.


He was the proud grandfather of Laurie (Newton) Crowley and her husband Dennis, Scott Newton and his wife Kerrie, Steven Newton and his wife Laurie, Susan (Robb) Fenmore and her husband Paul, Karen (Robb) Aiello and her husband Gregory, Pamela Robb, Seth Newton and Sarah Newton. Five great-grandchildren also survive him: Amanda and Michelle Crowley, Aaron Newton, Mason Newton and Leah Fenmore.


Herb Newton loved his family and cherished his time with them, as well as his dear friends Robert Bunnell and Doc Emerson. He loved spending time at his Vermont house as well as riding horses, snowmobiling, and using his John Deere tractor. He provided quality leadership, inspiration and was a role model to many soldiers, friends and family.


Viewing hours will be on Thursday, May 6, 2-4 & 7-9 at the Wilfred Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Ave., Kearny, NJ. The funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday, May 7, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ridge Rd., North Arlington. Interment in Arlington Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the First Presbyterian Church of North Arlington, 153 Ridge Rd. or the North Arlington High School Scholarship Fund, c/o NAHS 222 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, NJ 07031