David L. Venella
October 10, 1929 – February 24, 2021
David L. Venella, on February 24, 2021, of Runnemede. Age 91. Born October 10, 1929 at his family home on Price Avenue in Glendora, where he was raised. Beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee McCarthy) for 66 years. Devoted father of David Venella (Jeanne), Mary Lee Moore (Bernard), Maureen Crocker (Gerald), Dennis Venella (Kathleen), Milissa Mitchell (Keith), Marci Venella, Melinda Venella, and Douglas Venella (Sue). Loving Pop to Allison, Casey, Gregory (Randi), Jason, Kaitlin, Courtney, Carlee, Daniel, Paige and Gavin and Great Pop to Harper, Adi, Penelope, and Maeve.
David attended Gloucester Township Elementary School and Haddonfield High School. In April of 1954, Dave himself began to build his home in Runnemede. Five months later, in September of 1954, his home was finished and he married his sweetheart, Marylou McCarthy. Mary Lou is a lifelong resident of Runnemede and daughter of Camden County Freeholder, James McCarthy. Mary Lou and Dave were happily married for 66 years. Dave was an active and vital part of local government. He served on the Runnemede Borough Council from 1961 to 1970 and was Mayor of Runnemede for twenty years, from 1970 to 1990. He also served as a member of the Runnemede Planning Board, the Library Board of Trustees, was a President of the Camden County Parks Commission, President of Camden County Mayor’s Association, Aide to past Assemblyman Joseph Roberts. He was also a member of the Camden County Democratic Committee, VFW Post #3324 in Runnemede, the John F. Kennedy Democratic Club in Runnemede, and the Senior’s Club of Runnemede. Dave was employed by the State of NJ Department of Transportation for 30 years and was a proud recipient of the Employee of the Year Award. He proudly served with the US Army as Staff Sgt with the 15th Tank Company during the Korean Conflict while stationed with a peacekeeping force in Trieste, Italy. Dave loved his lawn and garden – they were his pride and joy. He was particular about his lawn, where and what level it was to be cut each week. Not all his children made the cut and given the privilege to “mow the lawn”. Dave was a fantastic bowler in the 60s and 70s before he turned to running. He ran in several 3k and 5k races throughout the late 70s and the 1980s. He especially loved the Avalon races. He loved traveling, initially with Maureen (thank you, Delta Airlines!) – Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Egypt, and Russia. Eventually Mary Lou joined in the fun and they experienced Europe, Hawaii and the Great Wall of China. Dave actively followed his children’s sports activities: endless tennis matches along with baseball, basketball, and softball games. He coached his daughter and daughter-in-law for the Kardon Toyota Ladies Softball team leading them to several league championships. From the mid-80s through 2014, summers were spent in Sea Isle City. The big “Venella” navy beach umbrella was a familiar site, along with his lounge chair and a transistor radio so he could listen to his beloved Yankees.