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By David Wildstein, April 09 2020 9:55 am

John Conte, a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge, died on March 30.  He was 83.  A U.S. Army veteran who served in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), he served as the municipal court judge in Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park, Wallington, Rochelle Park and Fort Lee, as Elmwood Park borough attorney, and as planning and zoning board attorneys for several Bergen municipalities.  Gov. Jim Florio nominated him to the bench in 1991 and he served until he reached the mandatory retirement age in 2006, followed by an additional nine years on recall.

Tim Korzun, a leading Hunterdon County Democrat for decades, died on April 6.  He was 65.  Korzun served on the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation, as a Lambertville Planning Board Chairman and attorney, and as a longtime member of the county Democratic organization executive committee.

Harry Wilson, the mayor of Downe for ten years, died on April 5.  He was 86.  Wilson served as fire chief and fire commissioner, and was a township committeeman for fifteen years.

Donald Laird, who served two terms as mayor of Readington, died on April 2.  He was 83.  In retirement, he served 26 years on the Melbourne Planning Board in Florida.

James Mazzo, a former Norwood councilman, died on April 4.  He was 88. Mazzo served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and as a member of the Norwood zoning bord and volunteer ambulance squad.

John Kandravy, who chaired the Ridgewood planning and zoning boards, died on April 4.  He was 84.  Kandravy was the managing partner of one of New Jersey’s most prestigious law firms, Shanley & Fisher, before it merged with Drinker Biddle & Reath.  He is a former Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of Valley Health System, The Valley Hospital.

Janice Schmitt, a former Allentown Democratic municipal chair, died on April 6.  She was 84.

Anita Barcia, a former member of the Clifton Rent Leveling Board and the Clifton Republican Club, died on April 6.  She was 87.

Linda Miller, a former Republican county committeewoman from Parsippany, died on April 6.  She was 80.

Richard Koory, who served on the Moorestown zoning board, died on April 2.  He was 73.

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