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Victor MajorMarch 27, 2017
Victor Major, 86, of Salem, NJ, died at Christiana Hospital on March 27 with his wife and family at his side after he experienced a fatal fall at his home on March 25, 2017. Vic was a vibrant man who had a special zest for life. He was a proud graduate of Woodstown High School, Class of 1948, and made sure that he contacted every classmate for their annual class reunion. He also graduated from Goldey Beacom Business School. He later served his country during the Korean War as a mechanic with the United States Air Force. Upon his return home, he worked a short period at Acree Pontiac and married the Love of his Life, Pat Baldwin. Soon his entrepreneurial spirit would propel him into establishing Major Insurance Agency. Vic had a passion for helping people from all walks of life. He spent nearly five decades working from his home in the insurance industry. Vic was an active member of the Salem Rotary Club and a board member of the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame as well as the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey. He also was a member of the now defunct Salem Jaycees. He was an avid sports fan, and played football for the Woodstown Wolverines and would go on to win a championship his senior year. He played baseball for the Woodstown Merchants until he was 40 years old and loved every minute of it. He and his brother Frank were members of the 1959 championship team. He had the surprise of a lifetime when his family sent him to Clearwater, Florida as a member of the Phillies Dream Week. He took pride in collecting sports memorabilia and promoting local standouts such as Goose Goslin, Whitey Witt, Lydell Mitchell, Chris Widger, and Mike Trout, to name a few. Vic was a well rounded traveler, a movie critic and photographer. He traveled the world and enjoyed attending film festivals and concerts. He was often seen at the Salem Oak Diner on weekdays with the "Morning crew", where he would share his experiences and offer his opinion on world politics and history. He cherished his weekends in Cape May with family and friends. Vic was the son of the late Frank and Agnes Major of Penton, who migrated to the United States in the 1900s from Yugoslavia. He was predeceased by his brothers, Frank, George and Charles. He is survived by one sister, Mildred Sheets. Also surviving are his wife of 58 years, Patricia (Baldwin), daughters, Andrea (Mike) and Vicki (Ben) and son, Mark (Lauri); his niece, Judy Almond; cousin, Andy Major; brother-in-law, Garry Baldwin (Sue); five granddaughters, Chelsea, Carly, Alexa (Colin), Lauren, and Melissa; grandson, Michael; two great-grandchildren, Miles and Juniper; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday, March 31, at WOODSIDE FUNERAL HOME 34 Oak Street in Salem. Friends are invited to call between 10am and noon. Funeral services will begin at noon. Guests are invited to the Alloway VFW Hall immediately following graveside services. At Vic's request, in lieu of flowers, contributions should be made in Vic's memory to the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey, PO Box 25 Shiloh, NJ 08353.