Henry George "Harry" Dircks, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Camden at his summer residence. Born April 21, 1927, in Jersey City, N.J., he was the son of Henry G. and Mary (Mae) G. (Bartholomey) Dircks.

During World War II, he served as a seaman in the Merchant Marine and was very proud of his service to our country. After his discharge, Henry’s employment started with N.J. Bell Telephone Co. (now Verizon), where he worked for 38 years and was a systems technician when he retired in 1992.

Henry’s hobbies included archery, ceramics, horseshoe pitching, dirt bike and road rally racing and motorcycles. He also enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, skiing, whitewater rafting, and working with metal and wood. He owned several watercraft in his lifetime, including an iceboat, day sailers, a 25-foot Cape Dory, and his pride, The Flying Dutchman, a 38-foot steel hull staysail schooner. His travels after the Merchant Marines continued with leisure tours and cruises with his family in all parts of the world. Henry’s favorite pastime was keeping people laughing.

Henry served as secretary and was a life member of the N.J. Dennis A. Roland Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Association. He was instrumental in persuading the author of “A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking,” Capt. Arthur Moore, of Hallowell, to publish a second and updated edition, which was a statistical reference of ships, crew and cargo that were attacked and sunk during World War II. He was also responsible for obtaining the Merchant Marine Organizational license plate in New Jersey.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Elizabeth (Sisto) Dircks, of Camden and Budd Lake, N.J.; children Donna Sutera of Casco, Elizabeth Mae Dircks of Flanders, N.J.; a grandchild, Heather, and her husband, Anthony Carriero, of Hillside, N.J.; a great-grandchild, Jocelyn Grace Carriero; sister Muriel Guszkowski of Clark, N.J.; brothe, Robert Dircks and his wife, Dolores, of Upland, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

He was loved by his wife’s family, Carolyn, Doris and husband, Bill, Arthur (Buddy), Barbara and husband Newton, and their children. Henry was predeceased by a son-in-law, Paul Sutera, and two brothers, Eugene and Howard Dircks.

A celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.