George Dapper, who worked for and led his family’s business, George Dapper Inc., for more than 40 years, passed away on Friday at the age of 68.
ISELIN, N.J. — George Dapper, who worked for and led his family’s business, George Dapper Inc., for more than 40 years, passed away on Friday at the age of 68.
The company was founded in 1946 by Dapper’s father, George Dapper Sr. Dapper began working for his father’s business full time in 1969, after he’d completed college and served in the Army for several years. At that time, George Dapper Inc. had 22 buses in its fleet.
Under the younger Dapper’s leadership, the company’s fleet grew to 475 school vehicles, including school buses.
According to an obituary from Costello-Runyon Funeral Homes, Dapper was “always willing to help others.” He was an EMT, and he was “happy to donate his time and services for a good cause.”
Eric Raphael, president of Irvin Raphael Inc. based in East Brunswick, N.J., spoke fondly of Dapper.
“George was a mentor and role model to me my entire life,” he told SBF. “He was the most hard-working, dedicated, proud man, and he ran his business with all his heart and soul. He was the best competition in this industry because he prided himself on safety and well-maintained vehicles. He was a devoted husband and father and a leader in the school bus industry in New Jersey for over 45 years.”
Dapper is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joanne, his daughter Carli and his son George.
A funeral will be held on April 30, followed by interment.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities at donate.rmhc.org or by calling (630) 623-7048.