South Orange Elks Ron Housley, Annemarie Conte and Michael G. Leonard present Troy Balog and members of the South Orange Rescue Squad a check for $1,000 in honor of their members Weyman Watson and Rudy Reynolds.
Weyman W. Watson, 61, a former Navy airman and South Orange Elk, died earlier this year as a result of a fire in his home on Warwick Avenue in South Orange. He was a beloved community member who worked hard to perpetuate the memory of his father, Spann Watson, a Tuskegee airman. Per Newsday, “As a family historian, public speaker, member of the nonprofit heritage group The Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and a race car owner, the younger Watson has helped preserve and promote the legacy of his father and the approximately 1,000 other African-American men who took to the skies against Nazi Germany.”
Rudy Reynolds was a life member of the Elks (42 years). He had retired to Fort Pierce, Fl where he passed away in May 2017. His obituary states in part: “He was always available to volunteer his help with any organization when requested and is fondly remembered by many for his kind and gentle spirit. He was adored by his family; the countless happy memories are a blessing but cannot fill the void left by his passing.”