William Dage, born Dai Wei Lim, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, 2012, at the age of 91.
Mr. Dage was born in Shanghai, China on November 3, 1920. Encouraged by his father, Dai Ji Zu, who studied at MIT in 1909 as a recipient of the Boxer Rebellion Indemnity scholarship, William came to the United States in 1946, where he became a naturalized citizen. William established a life-long career in chemical engineering, serving as a vice president of Pullman Kellogg and HLK Services,and traveling to Brazil, England, the Middle East and Canada.
William was raised with the teachings of Confucious and held interest and respect for all religions and cultures. William will ever be remembered for his patience, determination
and optimism, his undying devotion to his beloved wife and family, and for the genuine joy he found within daily life. His gentle spirit will continue to be an inspiration to all who
William was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Dolores, this past April. He is survived by his sister Dai Jian Wu and her husband, Li Tao Ping of Beijing China, sister in law, Zhang Bo Hua, his daughters Deborah Annette Dage and Renee Tamara and her husband Tim Folzenlogen, his granddaughter Miho Esther, his grandsons Joshua Yoshikazu and Daniel Masahiro Watabe, their father, Hiroshi Watabe, granddaughter Melissa Kay Folzenlogen, niece Li Jian Xing, nephew, Dai Zheng and neice Dai Hong.
Mr. Dageʼs family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to family, friends, neighbors, hospice staff and volunteers for making Williamʼs final days so meaningful. The stories,
love and laughter shared with them will remain a lasting comfort. A family memorial service at Mt. Hebron Cemetary in Montclair will be scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled‘s Wellness Arts & Enrichment Center, 270 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange or to
Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center at 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange.