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In Memoriam: wife of assemblyman, judge

By David Wildstein, February 03 2023 8:37 pm

Midge Fiore, whose late husband, C. Richard Fiore, was a Republican assemblyman from Newark’s North Ward from 1968 to 1972 died on January 29.  She was 91.  Richard Fiore was elected to the Assembly in 1967 on a ticket with another young Republican, Ralph Caputo,  that defeated two incumbents but lost his bid for a third term to an independent,  Anthony Imperiale, in 1971.  In 1973, Richard Fiore was the GOP candidate for State Senate but lost to Imperiale.  Midge Fiore’s brother,  F. Michael Caruso,  spent 35 years as a Superior Court Judge in Essex County.

Donald Goldman, a Superior Court Judge from 1992 to 2009, died on January 29.  He was 78.  His uncle, Maclyn S. Goldman, represented Essex County in the New Jersey State Senate from 1966 to 1968.

Deborah Coombe Haas, a former Star-Ledger reporter who covered Ocean County, died on January 29.  She was 73.

Herlinda Cinco Castillo, a Randolph resident whose late father, Atilano Cinco, was a congressman in the Philippines, died on January 29.  She was 89.

Glory Read, a public relations executive and the mother of former Star-Ledger reporter and editor Philip Read, died on January 26.  The Clifton resident was 97.  Her late husband was a chemist at the Passaic Valley Water Commission.

Susan Leonard, whose late father, James T. Leonard, was the last non-lawyer to serve as a municipal court judge in New Jersey, died on December 14, 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Covid-related illness.  She was 66 and lived in Cincinnati.  James Leonard had been a mayor and councilman in Garwood and was appointed as the municipal court judge there in 1946.  When the state passed a law requiring judges to have law degrees, he and about 100 other judges were grandfathered in.  He retired from the bench in 1989.

Tim Shannon, a former Millville mayor and commissioner, died on January 29.  He was 66.   Shannon was part of a long tradition of morticians who served in public office.

William Daly, who spent over 50 years as a political science professor at Stockton University, died on January 31 after a battle with Parkinson’s and dementia.  He was 83.

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