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In Memoriam: former governor’s brother dies

By David Wildstein, October 10 2021 5:00 pm

Donald Codey, a brother of former New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Codey, died on September 26 of an illness related to COVID-19.  He was 76.  Codey was a prominent leader in the horseracing industry and served as general manager of the Freehold Raceway and as assistant director of the New Jersey Racing Commission.

Harry Knowles, Jr.
, an Essex County icon who owned The Manor, Highlawn Pavilion and Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, died on October 2.  He was 97. Knowles was a fighter Pilot during World War II.

Patrick Bottazzi, a former Brick councilman, died on October 1. He was 86. Bottazzi was a U.S. Army veteran and chairman of the Brick Municipal Utilities Authority.

Frances Capetola, a Gloucester County Democratic activist who served as president of the Democratic Women’s Forum of Philadelphia, died on September 30.  She was 95.  Capetola was a receptionist for the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee headquarters and was a delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention pledged to Walter Mondale.

John Cunningham, a former Estell Manor councilman, died on October 3. He was 73.

Billie Lou Goodenbour, who spent thirteen years as a school board member in Wenonah, died on October 5.  She was 90.  Goodenbour was the first woman to serve as president of the Gloucester County School Boards Association.

Doris Schwing Simpson, a former member of the Flemington Board of Education, died on September 30.  She as 94.

Louis Singer, a former South Orange-Maplewood school board member, died on October 54.  He was 86.

Robert Costello, a fabled Abraham Lincoln reenactor who was the Republican candidate for Middlesex County Freeholder in 1975 and for mayor of Piscataway in 1984, died on September 15.  He was 79.  He was widely known as an Abraham Lincoln reenactor.

Robert Galantucci, who served as a Bergen County Assistant Prosecutor from 1971 to 1973, died on October 8.  He was 76.

James McShane, an Edison Republican county committeeman, died on September 21.  He was 78.  He was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

David Holmlund, who spent many years as a news producer and writer at WCBS Newsradio 880, died on October 2. He was 83.  Holmlund was a U.S. Army veteran.

Patricia Malone, a member of the Point Pleasant Beach Republican Club, died on October 3.  She was 83.

Kevin Colby, an Allentown resident who served as a homicide prosecutor in the office of the Bronx District Attorney, died on September 23.  He was 66.

Barry Reap, a Verizon engineer and veterans leader who was charged with setting up communications systems for the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, died on October 8.  He was 75.  Reap served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.

Christian Christiansen, a former Ramsey school board member who was the comptroller for The (Bergen) Record, died on April 2.  He was 86.

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