Obituary: Harry Duane ‘Dewey’ Storms
Harry Duane “Dewey” Storms of Glen Ridge, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully on June 1, 2022, at Mountainside hospital. He was 86.
Mr. Storms was born in 1935 in Hackensack to the late Kenneth and Rosalie Carr Storms and grew up in Franklin Lakes. He attended Ramsey High School before going on to Rutgers University, where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, graduating with a degree in economics in 1957.
He joined the Coast Guard officer training program in 1958, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander. After two years of active service, he completed an additional four years as a member of the Coast Guard Reserves.
Mr. Storms met his beloved wife Rozanne in Washington, D.C., and they were married in 1964 until her untimely passing in 1998. They raised their children in Montclair, where many wonderful memories were created and lifelong friendships made with neighbors at block parties, holiday gatherings and through numerous local volunteer positions.
His career spanned many decades and found him at the forefront of the budding computer revolution. His roles included computer programming and business development at companies including Informatics, AGS and DataCom. He retired in 2001 from Lockheed Martin IMS, where he was the senior vice president of communication business services.
His work took him all over the world, leading to a love of visiting new places, meeting new people and lifelong learning.
Mr. Storms’ kindness, generosity and friendship were on display every day. He contributed to many charities and organizations, including the Metro NJ Region American Cancer Society, where he was an honoree in 2009. He volunteered as a board member of Mt. Hebron Cemetery, the Montclair Parking Authority, the Field Center and the Montclair Jaycees.
He was a longtime parishioner of First United Methodist Church in Montclair, where he was an active member of the church community.
He enjoyed many hobbies, including traveling, golf, bowling, fishing, reading and watching the Mets. Always busy, he was a member of the Commonwealth Club in Montclair, Essex County Country Club in West Orange and Belleair Country Club in Florida. He relished spending time at his condominium in Clearwater Beach, Florida, with his circle of friends.
Mr. Storms is survived by his three children, Rebecca Mitchell (David) of Glen Ridge, David Storms (Karin) of Yardley, Pennsylvania, and Matthew Storms (Jane) of Danbury, Connecticut; his siblings, Nancy Gooding, Marilyn Storms and Tom Storms; and seven grandchildren, Victoria Mitchell, Sophie Mitchell, Jeremy Mitchell, Conlan Storms, Claire Storms, Daniel Storms and Gabriella Storms.
He was predeceased by his wife, Rozanne, and his siblings Linda, Diana, Kenneth and Howard.
Visitation will be at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., on Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the First United Methodist Church of Montclair, 24 North Fullerton Ave., with the service also streamed on the church’s Facebook page and YouTube channels. Links can be found at firstmontclair.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Storms’ memory can be made to the Montclair Ambulance Unit, montclairems.org.