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In Memoriam: ex-Middletown mayor; Ray Bateman’s campaign treasurer

By David Wildstein, May 17 2020 6:59 pm

Bob Waller, a former Middletown mayor, died on May 15.  He was 88.  A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Waller was elected to the Middletown Township Committee as a Republican in 1981.  In January 1984, he secured the votes of two Democrats on the five-member governing body and became mayor, a post that fellow Republican James Maher showed up at the reorganization expected to get.  A Democrat, Richard V. Kelly, became the deputy mayor.  Democrats had won the second seat in 1983 when Richard McKeon, helped by the coattails of Assemblyman Richard Van Wagner (D-Middletown) ousting freshman State Sen. Jack Gallagher (R-Middletown), won the open township committee seat of retiring Republican Joseph McGrath.  Waller did not seek re-election in 1984.

Bill Tremayne, the former chairman of the New Jersey Highway Authority, died on May 15.  He was 85.  Tremayne was the treasurer of Raymond Bateman’s 1977 campaign for governor of New Jersey and then backed Tom Kean for governor in 1981.  He served as president of the Piscataway Board of Education, as founding director and chairman of the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), and as chairman of the treasury and budget panel for Kean’s gubernatorial transition team. Kean named him chairman of the New Jersey Highway Authority in 1988.

Jack Kupcho, who served as the Essex County Agricultural Agent in the early 1960s, died on May 11.  He was 83.

Barbara Gudis, a former clerk in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, died on May 16.  She was 89.

John Magee, a retired Vineland policy officer and head of the PBA Local 266, died on May 14.  He was 64.

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