A 36-year member of the Madison Police Department will be remembered at memorial services in the borough this week.
Retired Police Lt. Anthony "Zeke" DeVincenzo died Friday at his home in Boonton with his wife and family members by his side. He was 66.
The Madison Police Department said DeVincenzo was a "fixture to our department and to the Rose City."
DeVincenzo valued his badge number—67—and was "extremely proud to be a Madison police officer," the department said in a message on its Facebook page. "He will be missed by all."
DeVincenzo joined the department in 1972 and retired in 2008. In 1986, he was named Morris County Detective of the Year for solving a case that led to the capture of burglary suspects in Denville.
In online tributes, the baseball and fast-pitch softball standout was remembered as a humble public servant with an infectious smile who made Madison a better place.
Madison PBA 92 shared photos from throughout DeVincenzo's career in Madison.
DeVincenzo also was known for his meticulous record-keeping and organizational skills, and he made preserving Madison police history a hobby in his retirement, his obituary says.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Elizabeth, and his brother, in-laws, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral Mass for Zeke is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Martyr Church, 26 Green Village Road, Madison. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Visiting will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday at Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main Street, Madison.
Donations can be made to Madison Police History, 62 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940