Madison Attorney Joseph Mezzacca Jr. Dies

Madison resident, photographer and Historical Society supporter died Tuesday after an illness, according to a funeral announcement. He was 65.

Borough attorney Joseph Mezzacca Jr., who ran a practice on Main Street in Madison and sold calendars featuring his photography of the Rose City to raise money for the Madison Historical Society, died Tuesday, according to a funeral announcement.

He was 65.

The Madison resident and the Borough Council in May due to his illness.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Peace Church in New Providence. Visiting hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at , 106 Main St., Madison, according to the funeral home.

Mezzacca's served businesses, government and individuals in business law, real estate, litigation, estate planning and municipal matters.

Known for his photography, Mezzacca published calendars of photos of downtown Madison in recent years and donated a portion of the profits from the 2011 calendar to The Lyme Disease Association and the Madison Historical Society, according to his website.

Mezzacca was admitted to practice in New Jersey and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in November 1971 and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in October 1982, according to his practice website.

Mezzacca received his law degree from Rutgers University Law School, where he was a Notes and Comments editor of the Rutgers Law Review and a teaching assistant for legal writing.

He served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge Nelson K. Mintz in the Appellate Division from 1971 to 1972.

Mezzacca earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1968. Before starting his firm, Mezzacca was an associate attorney with Porzio, Bromberg and Newman, P.C., in Morristown from 1972 to 1975.

Steve Wells June 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
RIP, Joe. It always seems to be the good ones who pass too soon.
jerry stevenson June 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Joe was a wonderful human being with a sparkling sense of humor and vast wisdom. He will be sorely missed. Engelsman, Puma, Mezzaca....a trifecta of really good Madisonians. Maybe they will speak to the "powers that be" to send down replacements equally as good.
Judy Mullins June 07, 2012 at 12:44 PM
A truly learned man who provided real wisdom in deliberations and helped envision Madison thru his leadership in land use matters, as well. I will miss my friend.
Peachie Attonito June 07, 2012 at 01:09 PM
It was both an honor and a privilege to have served on the Borough Council during the tenure of Joe Mezzacca as our Borough Attorney. Not only was he knowledgeable in the many facets of his profession, he was always fair, kind and accessable whenever called upon. A true gentleman has left this earth far too young and I am very saddened to learn of his passing. God Bless his soul - rest in peace Joe.
Noreen McManus June 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I met Mr. Mezzacca at Bottle Hill Day several times. He impressed me as a kind and gentle soul with talents beyond his law. He graced us with his beautiful photographic images. I also met his lovely wife, a jewel crafter, and his son. My sympathy to the family.


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