George H. Van Laar

January 13, 1956April 8, 2018

George H. Van Laar, of Summit, passed away suddenly at Overlook Hospital in Summit on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the age of 62.

The visitation will be take place at the LaMonica Memorial Home, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm followed by a religious services at 12:30 pm. Interment will be in St. Teresa’s Cemetery in Summit.

George was born and raised in Summit and lived in Union and Roselle Park before returning to Summit over 2 years ago.

He was employed as a Relocation Specialist for Reliable Van & Storage Co. in Elizabeth over the past 10 years. He began his career as a jeweler for various establishments, specifically Martin Jewelers in Cranford.

George had a passion for sports, playing softball in Summit for 20 years and, along with his friends, started the Summit High School Bowling Team. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Giants and enjoyed bringing his family to Yankees games. He also had a deep love for music and enjoyed singing and bringing his friends and family to concerts and events.

He was the beloved husband of Susan (nee Jacobus) Van Laar, loving father of Michael Van Laar and his wife Lauren, devoted son of Antoinette (nee Lessa) and the late George L. Van Laar, cherished grandfather of Julia, Ella, and Tyler Van Laar, and dear brother of Katherine Carmody and her husband John.


  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Religious Service Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Burial Friday, April 13, 2018

George H. Van Laar

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Christine DeLorenzo-Monacelli

July 25, 2018

Please accept my deepest sympthay in the passing of your loved one. George was alot of fun - always had you laughing. A heart of gold. --- Chris DeLorenzo-Monacelli

Paul Macheska

April 14, 2018

I looked up at the sky last night and I swear I saw an extra star in the night sky. Had to be George. Rest in peace my brother. Till we meet again.

Robert Bellia

April 13, 2018

I probably haven't seen George in 25-30 years...and that is true of almost all of my great friends from Junior and Senior High School. But my memories of him are all fond, a fun-loving guy, softball teammate, friend and companion in the 70's and early 80's. Even though the years unwind and our paths take us different directions, you always have great memories, and I will cherish the ones involving George. I am deeply saddened at being unable to attend his service, and passing my sincere condolences to his family, especially Sue. Please know I am praying for you all in this very difficult time. I was lucky to have known George, be a classmate, and friend. Even though i have not seen him in decades, I already miss him.
May God Bless the Van Laar Family.

Robert Files

April 12, 2018

This is very sad i remember the good times together Yankees games, softball, camping,Golf,Bowling,AC and parties we did a lot together and he will be missed. We all lost a good friend and a good person my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Katherine Carmody

April 11, 2018

Katherine Carmody

April 11, 2018

Katherine Carmody

April 11, 2018

Brian Vance

April 11, 2018

George lived life exactly as he was built: large. He was a core member of our circle of friends in high school and for many years thereafter. I know of no one who enjoyed life more than he. He squeezed more out of life in 62 years than I could ever hope to even if I lived to be 100. I'll miss his laugh, I'll miss his energy and I'll miss his friendship. My prayers and thoughts go out to Sue, Michael and the entire Van Laar family. Heaven just got a lot more fun and zany now that George is on the scene. St. Peter, get ready, because Animal House has arrived!
Brian Vance
SHS Class of '73
Havertown, PA

Lynda Rutherford

April 11, 2018

My mother and I will always remember George as the rambunctious boy who was always smiling and enjoying the moment. We believe that was George's take on life. We'll miss his bear hugs.....

We send our prayers for all.

barbara vance

April 11, 2018

George was a friend of my brother and he frequently came over to our house. I recall fondly that George was the only person who could enter our home and intimidate our very unfriendly fox terrior.

My prayers to George's family.