Thursday, June 6, 2013
Sen. Frank Lautenberg's body was placed aboard a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train Wednesday at the Secaucus Junction rail station that was named in his honor.
As a tribute to his advocacy of mass transit, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg's body was placed aboard a D.C.-bound Amtrak train in Secaucus Wednesday. Lautenberg's family and staff accompanied the senator for his final Amtrak ride to the nation's capital, where he'll be buried on Friday in Arlington National Cemetery. Prior to the Amtrak send-off, Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, the congregation where the senator belonged, eulogized Lautenberg during a ceremony and color guard salute at the Secaucus Junction station's main concourse.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
John Pirres, 33, was a learning disabilities specialist at Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham.
A 33-year-old man who died after he was struck by an SUV as he crossed Madison Avenue in Morristown last week was a learning disability specialist at Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham. John Pirres, a hiker and published poet, worked at the school the past five years after graduating from the university, according to his obituary. Pirres lived in Bridgewater most of his life until moving to Hamburg four years ago. He was a member of Church of the Redeemer in Morristown and volunteered at The Eric Johnson House in Morristown, part of New Jersey AIDS Services, his obituary says. Funeral services were Wednesday at Church of the Redeemer. Those who knew Pirres described him in tributes online as a selfless mentor, hard worker…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Madison resident Wilfred Burkitt, who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, died last week at the age of 95.
There were plans for Wilfred Burkitt to lead the annual Memorial Day Parade in Madison this year, but the World War II veteran never knew it. Burkitt's oldest daughter, Lynn Welsch, said parade organizers told her they planned to rope him into the role at the last minute because they knew the 95-year-old Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient would have resisted the recognition. "He would have said, 'No, no, no, no, no,'" Welsch said. "He didn't know that." Burkitt died Thursday after a short illness, and Mayor Bob Conley held a moment of silence in his honor at the start of Monday's Madison Borough Council meeting. The funeral service was Monday. Burkitt was "not only a true hero and great representative of Madison, but one of the best …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
W. Stanley Brown, who oversaw a crucial fundraising campaign when borough was considering selling the historic James Library building, died last week at the age of 77.
The historic James Library building on the corner of Main Street and Green Village Road in Madison, which is owned by the borough and houses the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, would not exist in the condition it does today if it was not for the work of W. Stanley Brown. Brown, a Chatham resident, served on the museum’s Board of Trustees from 1986 to 2012 and, as its chairman, oversaw a more than a million-dollar fundraising campaign to restore the historic building in the 1990s. The effort came at a time when borough officials were considering selling it because it was not being adequately maintained. "There was a very high likelihood the town would have sold that building and it would be a real estate office or law firm, out of public …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Jack Harter was 6 years old.
Jack Harter, a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Madison who loved animals and for whom the community rallied to raise money so he could have a service dog, died last week in his sleep. The 6-year-old borough resident, who played a shepherd in the church's Christmas pageant this year, had an incurable disease that left him with little mobility and no way to consistently communicate. His funeral is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at the church. The Rev. Lauren Ackland shared news of Jack's death with the parish and her message was posted on the church's Facebook page Friday: Little Jack Harter died peacefully in his sleep sometime last night. His death, while inevitable because of his incurable disease (connatal Pelizaeus-Merzbacher) was not …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Family and community members pay final respects to Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III, who was ice fishing when he and his friend fell into the frigid waters of Budd Lake last week.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Beverly White lived in Chatham and Florham Park.
A Florham Park woman who died in a one-car crash on North Passaic Avenue in Chatham last week worked as a special education teacher for many years and had three children and five grandchildren, according to her obituary. Beverly White, who moved from Florham Park to Chatham and then back to Florham Park, was a member of the Summit Art League, the Summit Jewish Community Center and the Madison-based Chabad of South East Morris County, her obituary says. She had retired from teaching nine years ago. A Chatham police accident report says White's car was traveling northbound on North Passaic Avenue when the car, for unknown reasons, crossed over the center line and left the roadway, striking a tree in a front yard near Harvard Street around 3:…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Lifelong Madison resident and Korean War veteran was 80.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
James F. Donato Sr., a lifelong Madison resident, Korean War veteran and owner of the Waverly Restaurant in the borough with his children for the past 28 years, died Monday at the Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care Center at Lyons, according to his obituary. He was 80. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main St., Madison, with a Funeral Mass scheduled for 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Martyr Church. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Donato owned and operated, with his son, James Jr. (Beau), and his daughter, Mary Beth Donato, the Waverly Restaurant in Madison for at least the past 28 years, the …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The retired chairman of First Investors Consolidated Corporation was 87.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Former Madison Mayor Glenn Oakes Head pursued his interests with passion, whether piloting airplanes, overseeing a company with billions of dollars in assets or leading the Madison Board of Education. The retired chairman and major shareholder of First Investors Consolidated Corporation, a national financial services firm based in New York City, and former school board president, died Sept. 14, according to his obituary. He was 87. Head served a three-year term as mayor starting in 1972. He ran for the office after serving as president of the Madison Board of Education. Head was hired by First Investors in 1962 to start a life insurance company, which became First Investors Life. Head and a partner then bought FICC through a leveraged buy-…
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Visitation and funeral scheduled for Robert Chandler, a Madison High School teacher for 30 years who died this week after a battle with cancer.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Visitation and funeral information has been announced for Madison High School Coach Robert Chandler, a teacher at the school for three decades who died Thursday after battling pancreatic cancer. Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, according to service information posted by the funeral home. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave., Short Hills. Chandler led Madison to two state soccer championships and, last month, students and alumni showed their appreciation and support for Chandler by holding a soccer tournament in his honor. According to his obituary, Chandler died peacefully on …