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Former reporter dies at 88

Bob Mitchell was a reporter at the Newark Evening News

By David Wildstein, October 14 2018 11:42 am

Bob Mitchell, who worked as a reporter and photographer for the Newark Evening News, died on October 9.  He was 88. He started out as a copy boy for the newspaper before enlisting in the Marines during the Korean War.

Douglas Ricker, a former mayor of Wantage, passed away on September 12. He was 80. He served nine years on the Wantage Township Committee, three years as mayor, and several years on the Planning Board.

John G. Hall, a Colts Neck lawyer who held senior staff positions in the New York State Senate, passed away on October 11. He was 82. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later as legal research Counsel for the Senate in New York, as associate counsel to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Revision of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, and as counsel to the New York Senate Committee on the Affairs of the City of New York.

Doris Weeks, a founding member of the Monmouth County Young Republicans in the 1960’s, died on September 30.  She was 84. She was also a founding member of the Monmouth Chapter of Young Americans for Freedom.

Melvin Hood, a former member of the Neptune Township Board of Education, passed away on October 8.  He was 86.  He spent twelve years in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.  He served as a Monmouth County Park Commissioner, worked on Richard Nixon’s campaign for president, and owned the Famous Jason’s Jazz and Blues Club in Belmar.

Marion Strobel, who served on the Holland  Township Election Board for many years, died on October 11.  She was 75.

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