Neary Quinn Funeral Home

39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ


Spencer E. Heulitt Sr.

August 16, 1925July 26, 2020

Spencer Evans Heulitt Sr. passed away peacefully on July 26,2020. His ancestors were early settlers in Monmouth County. The Heulitt's were among the first to own homes on the south side of Shark River. One of his Great Grandfathers (Wilson) is considered in the group of founding fathers of Belmar and another (Hurley) over 100 years ago was Mayor of Red Bank.

Spence was born in 1925 at home in Spring Lake, NJ. There he spent his childhood graduating from the grammar school and then from Manasquan High in 1943. Afterwards he joined the U.S. Army Air Force prior to the end of WWII. A Gunner and Mechanic flying in a B24, he was promoted to Sergeant and received several medals though never going overseas. He quipped that Japan heard he was coming so they surrendered.

While in training at U.S. Westover Air Force Base in Mass. Spence met the girl for him, Mary Brown. 73 years of marriage followed. They made a home of joy and comfort for family and all who visited. First in Belmar, then in Spring Lake, finally in S.L. Heights.

For a career, Spencer was the second of three generations of his family to become Spring lake Police Officers. He retired as a Lieutenant after 32 years of service. His life's passion was golf. Spence played in leagues, worked as a starter at BelAire, and in later years made the Heights' Fairway Mews his residence and home course. He enjoyed those he played with as much as the game. A Manhattan with a twist would finish making the day.

Spence was fair minded, judged others by their character, and wished no ill will. He sought to bring out the best in people. He brought Love, Joy and Honor to his family. Through the ordeals the last few years of his life, his dignity never wavered. The Family would like to thank Yvonne, Shota, and Manor by the Sea (Summer) for their gentle care in the last year of his life. Also, the family appreciates the kind words, expressing their respect and admiration, from those that knew him.

Spence was predeceased by his Parents, Harold Evans and Dorothy (Wilson) Heulitt, Sister Margaret Zilavetz and her husband Frank, Daughter Dorothy Schwarz. He is survived by his Wife Mary, Son Spencer E Heulitt Jr. and wife Karen, Grandchildren Jennifer Webber, Robert Schwarz, Kyle(Erin), Justin(Steve), Jessica Hendershot (Chris), Great Grandchildren Nena, Maddy, Cole, Son-In-Law Robert Schwarz, Nephews Steve Zilavetz (Dorian) and Richard Rudolph (Janet).

A private Family Only Memorial Service is being arranged by the Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St. Manasquan. Donations in memory of Spence may be made to St. Andrew's Church, Spring Lake or Historical Societies of Belmar or Spring Lake.


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Spencer E. Heulitt Sr.

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dan waters

July 30, 2020

My sincere condolences to your family. Spence was a fair, good and well respected man. Spence work for me at Dan's Kitchen at a few affairs that needed his gentle touch. He will be missed.

DR bob and Teresa Weierman

July 30, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to the family. I worked as a
summer special Police Officer when I was in
college and Medical School. Spence was always smiling and was always in control of any situation that arose. I remember when he came to my mom's 100th birthday. Bob and Teresa from Gulfport MS

Kevin Judge

July 29, 2020

Condolences to the Heulitts from the Judge family on the loss of Spence. We all shared our stories and memories of Spence, and they all end with "what a world class great guy." Rest in Peace to a true Spring Lake original. Sincerely, the Judge family.

Fred & Betty (Morris) Willms

July 29, 2020

Fred & Betty would like to express our condolences to the family on the passing of Spence. Having grown up in Spring Lake and as my Dad, Sgt Robert Morris, was member of the SLPD. He had work with Spence, for a number years, before my Dad’s retirement. The SLPD was a great bunch of officers, as they all watch out for Us kids. They would try to keep us on the right path and Spence always friendly and treating people with respect. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Fred & Betty (Morris) Willms

Betty & Fred Willms

July 29, 2020

Fred and I would like to express our condolences to the family on the passing of Spence. Having grown up in Spring Lake and as my father, Sgt Robert Morris, was also a member of SLPD. I got to know Spence quite well. There are many fond memories of growing up in Spring Lake and knowing all the police officers were there to support and guide us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Fred and Betty (Morris) Willms

Donna (Smith) Berry

July 29, 2020

My father, Peter, mother, Minna, brother Chris and sister, Mary Jo had the pleasure of living next store to the Heulitt family on St. Clair Ave for as long as I can remember. We knew the family very well.

They were lovely. Their daughter, Dorothy and I became great friends. I was Maid of Honor at Dorothy's wedding. My brother and their son Spence also developed a close friendship. I remember many, many years of playing cards with the family on the porch. There were times when my friends Joan, Mary, Alice and I would be walking home and we’d meet Spence and he’d give us a ride. The memories are flooding back.

Mary and Spence were a beautiful couple, full of love and kindness. We were truly blessed for having gotten to know them so well. Our lives were
brightened by this serendipitous occurrence. May he Rest In Peace.

Mary, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine how much you miss him after 73 years! What an accomplishment!

BTW, we are retired Air Force and our first assignment in 1971 was Westover AFB (5B 5th Avenue). Who knew?

Sending you a heartfelt hug,
Much love,


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