Born in the depths of the Great Depression on August 5, 1934, to father Joseph Wright DeMaris and mother Elberta Bostwick DeMaris of Pitman, Elbert Elbridge Demaris was raised to be frugal. Called Bud in his youth and Al in his later years, he always gathered bits and pieces around him that he engineered into something more with his hands.
Graduating from Pitman High School in1952, from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1957, gained expertise in advanced engineering physics from Brooklyn Institute of Technology in 1964, and later studied microwave technology at Foothill Community College in California, he worked in high tech industry and produce innovations that streamlined the production processes for his employers. His professional career rose to ever higher level until the middle of the nineteen eighties.
Tragedy struck him in the form of industrial poisoning. Volatile chemicals came into his work place. Almost undetectable at the time, he came to realize that something was wrong when his mental processes began to fail him. The problem was acerbated when the management of the firm refused to recognize the problem. They allowed the poison to continue to effect Elbert "Al" DeMaris. He was unfortunately an example of the worst sort of industrial management looking out for the bottom line instead of the welfare of the workers..
The mental fog which closed around Al DeMaris surrounded him for twenty years. It began to lift when he was stabilized on proper medication. And was further improved when another medication which he had found through his own research was added.
Al DeMaris passed to join his father, mother, sister Patricia, and daughter Sandra. He is survived by his brother Joseph L. DeMaris, his sister Laura (Libby) Hahn, his daughter Pamela L. Castellanni, and her daughters Stephanie and Sarah Kilby.
He died on the morning of March 16, 2021, in Florida of Kidney Failure. He was 86 years old. There will be a memorial service in New Jersey for friends and family to celebrate his life. The details of the the time and place of the service have not been determined.
Memorial Gifts may be given to Myelin Repair Foundation, 20111 Edinburgh Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 , 1-877-863-4967, firstname.lastname@example.org.