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By David Wildstein, August 20 2021 10:09 am

Gerald Fitzpatrick, the son of legendary former Bayonne Mayor Francis G. Fitzpatrick, died on August 18. He was 75. Fitzpatrick sought the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the 31st district in 1981, losing by just 383 votes against Joseph Charles, Jr. in a vibrant Hudson County primary that led to the defeat of Fitzpatrick’s running mate, two-term Assemblyman Charles Mays (D-Jersey City).  The top vote-getter was freshman Assemblyman Joseph Doria (D-Bayonne).

Dominick “Cheech” Piscopo who worked as the parking lot attendant at the Hudson County Courthouse, died on August 17.  He was 88.  Piscopo was serving his 37th year as a Democratic county committeeman from Jersey City at the time of his death.

Albert Pelham, a Montclair civic leader of enormous gravitas, died on August 19.  He was 75.  Pelham was known for his work with two Montclair-based non-profit organizations; the State Parent Advocacy Network and the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation.  He also served as president of the Montclair NAACP and the Montclair African American Heritage Foundation.

Lucille Bleeker, who was the secretary to the Mayor of Paterson under Frank X. Graves, Pat Kramer and Bill Pascrell, died on August 17.  She was 82.  Bleeker also worked as an administrative assistant to the Paterson Fire Department.

James Guiducci, a former Alpha councilman, died on August 17.  He was 93. A Korean War veteran Guiducci was elected to the council in 1961 and served two terms.

Mary Janice Twitchell, a former school board member in Haddonfield died on August 7.  She was 95.

Lena Chang Sheeran, whose husband, James, served as mayor of West Orange and as New Jersey Commissioner of Insurance under Gov. Brendan Byrne, died on August 13.  With her late husband, she co-founded CURE Auto Insurance and NJ PURE medical malpractice insurance and was the founded of the Massachusetts Employers Insurance Exchange.

Barbara Coloe, who founded the Atlantic County Women’s Center in 1975, died on August 12.  She was 83.

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