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In Memoriam

By David Wildstein, June 21 2020 5:04 pm

Betty Moran, a former editor of The Dispatch, a weekly newspaper in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, died on June 10.  She had turned 100 on June 2.

Edmund Kirby, who served as a Superior Court Judge for 22 years, died on June 15.  He was 83.  Kirby began practicing law with the Erie Lackawanna Railroad before joining Dowd & Dowd, the firm headed by State Sen. and former Livingston Mayor David Dowd.  He became the first Essex County public defender in 1967 and was nominated to a judgeship by Gov. Brendan Byrne in 1980.

Michael Donnelly
, a former editor of the Lawrence Ledger and the Windsor-Heights Herald, died on June 19.  He was 74.  Donnelly served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and was active in local politics in Metuchen.

Roger Schlicht, a former Hillsdale councilman, died on June 17.  He was 88.  Schlicht was a U.S. Army veteran and served as the Hillsdale building inspector.

James Allen, who spent 24 years as Mansfield Township Treasurer and ten years as secretary of the Mansfield Board of Education, died on June 13.  He was 93.

Vichi Card, a former Branchville school board member, died on June 16.  She was 67. Card also served on the Branchville planning and zoning boards.

Delores Dowe, a former member of the Harrison Board of Education, died on June 10.  She was 92.  Dowe served on the Harrison Board of Heath and was a Hudson County Democratic committeewoman.

Thomas Fisher, a former Flemington school board member, died on June 7.  He was 81.  Fisher was a retired U.S. Marine fighter pilot and a Vietnam veteran.

Sidney Sewitch, a former Middlesex County Planning Board member, died on June 20. He as 98.  Sewitch was a World War II Army veteran.

Thomas Barr, a retired investigator for the Waterfront Commission of New York and New Jersey, died on June 16.  He was 84.  Barr was a U.S. Army veteran who served as a Wood-Ridge police officer and, prior to his retirement, was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Organized Crime unit.

Edward Kammer, a retired Northvale Fire Chief, died on June 18.  He was 85.  Kammer served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a film editor for NBC.

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