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One of Gloucester County New Jersey’s most beloved individuals was honored for his Ron Jaworski with Bob Shryock. Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.career spanning almost 50 years in the local media on Friday as “Bob Shryock Night” was held at Auletto’s in Almonesson, New Jersey.
Shryock has spent over four decades writing for the Gloucester County Times as well as hosting his local show for Comcast. His words have touched and inspired almost everyone in the area. It’s almost impossible to find somebody you know whom he hasn’t written about. And if you know Bob, chances are he’s written about you too!!


Over 400 friends of Shryock’s came out to offer their support, including former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, New Jersey Senator Steve Sweeney, and former Eagles’ president Harry Gamble.  Phillies and Eagles public address announcer and broadcasting legend Dan Baker is a longtime time friend of Shryock’s, and served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Washington Township, NJ vocalist Michael Jones was also on hand and started the evening with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America.”

The committee organizing the event, which included Baker, Jim Clark, Joe Vallee Sr, Scott Kintzing, and Richard Bellamente, did a marvelous job of making sure no stone was left unturned. They were assisted by Cathy Baker, Pam Clark, Ellen Bellamente, and Shirley Vallee, who skillfully decorated the tables with popcorn and 1950’s era candy (at Shryock’s suggestion). The dinner menu included hot dogs, hamburgers, and fried chicken for entrees (also requested by Shryock) and vanilla ice cream for dessert. The Underwood-Memorial Hospital Foundation, the United Way of Gloucester County, and Parkinson’s Research Foundation all benefitted from the proceeds of the event.

Lanny “Crazy Legs” Carbaugh, Shryock’s friend since childhood, offered a touching tribute during the dinner, and a live auction of Paul Stankard glass artwork created in honor of Shryock was won by former Mayor of National Park, NJ Fran Whit, who bid $5,000 for the artwork. A letter from the Honorable Sam DeSimone (who was unable to attend) was read by his son. Gamble, Terry Fisher, Scott Kintzing, and Pam Clark are all friends of Shryock’s who also spoke on his behalf.

Surrounded by his wife Kathy and his immediate family, Shryock was clearly moved by the event, referring to the evening as “probably the greatest night of my life” at one moment during his speech.

Quite a statement from a man whose words and actions have touched the lives of so many for almost half a century.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com
Photo: Joe Vallee Sr: JosephV985@aol.com