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By David Wildstein, September 06 2022 11:37 am

Douglas Dial, who served three terms as mayor of Wyckoff during his three terms on the township committee, died on September 3.  He was 84.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran.  He also served on the school board, planning board and zoning board.

Jack Fitzpatrick, a former mayor and school board member in South Harrison who once ran off the line in the Gloucester Democratic freeholder primary, died on August 22.  He was 86.

James Marano, who served two terms as mayor of East Hanover, died on August 15.  He was 82.

Donald Kowal, who spent sixteen years as a councilman in Clifton, died on August 18.  He was 74.  He served on the Preakness Hospital Board of Managers and worked as an administrator from the Passaic County Board of Social Services for 34 years.

Girolamo Scaturo, a former Rahway council president, died on August 22.  He was 81.   A member of the United Auto Workers union, he represented Rahway’s third ward from 1996 to 2012.

Stephen Weil, a former Weehawken councilman, died on August 24.  He was 78.   A member of the Plumbers Local 24 union, he was the Weehawken plumbing inspector and a U.S. Army veteran.

Dorothy Hennessey, who served two terms on the Wharton Borough Council, died on August 16.  She was 94. 

Donald Rosser, a former reporter for The Press of Atlantic City, died on August 9.  He was 95.  Rosser previously worked for the Pierre Capital Journal and the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota, and from 1961 to 1986, was an in-house editor and writer for the New Jersey Education Association.  He served as a U.S. Army Air Cadet.

Albert Brogel, a former Hamilton Township Republican municipal chairman and a longtime ally of Mayor Jack Rafferty, died on August 17.  He was 94.  Brogel had served as assistant director of a state motor vehicles agency and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Arlene Gordon, who worked on Kenneth Gibson’s mayoral campaign and spent 25 years in Newark City Hall, died on August 3.  She was 79.  Gordon later worked for the Plainfield Board of Education and the Plainfield Police Department.

Paul Gamarello, the bailiff for the Jersey City Municipal Court for 17 years, died on September 2.  He was 79.

Robert Cagnassola, who served on the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy for 25 years, died on August 16.  He was 82.  Cagnassola was originally nominated to the state board by Gov Thomas Kean in 1987.

Robert England, a longtime Long  Hill Democratic county committeeman and onetime council candidate, died on August 12.  He was 90.  England served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the Steamfitters/Pipefitters Local 475.

JoAnn Elco, a member of the Absecon Democratic Club, died on August 9.  She was 78.

Betty Ann Britton, a member of the Thomas A. Mathis Republican Club in Forked River, died on August 22.  She was 94.

Johnny Sheahan, a U.S. Navy veteran, volunteer firefighter and Mt. Ephraim Democratic Club, died on August 9.  He was 58.

Rose Marie Chasse, who spent 30 years as a Republican county committeewoman in Vineland, died on September 1.  She was 94.

Thomas Storms, a Mt. Ephraim Democratic Club member and Laborers’ Local 332 member, died on August 24.  He was 52.

Thomas Williams, a member of the Little Egg Harbor Republican Club, died on August 26.  He was 87.

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