Linda Funari who worked in the Office of the Governor during the administrations of Brendan Byrne and Jim Florio, died on January 19 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 73. Funari spent 27 years working in state government, including a stint at the Department of Agriculture during William Cahill’s administration and later as legislative liaison for the Department of Corrections. She worked at the Democratic State Committee when Byrne’s son, Tom, was state party chairman, and with Trenton lobbying firms, including Cammarano, Layton & Bombardieri Partners.
David Spatz, an award winning reporter for The Press of Atlantic City who covered the entertainment beat when Atlantic City casinos opened in the late 1970s, died on January 22. He was 71. Spatz later had a syndicated television show and was a radio host on WOND.
Thomas Cesta, a former Lebanon Borough councilman, died on January 22. He was 91. A Democrat, he was appointed to fill a vacancy when Councilman James Kelly resigned to become municipal clerk in the summer of 1966 but lost his seat three months later in a special election against Republican Edward Hoffman.
Richard King, a former Neptune Borough councilman and Neptune City Housing Authority chairman, died on January 22. He was 90. King as a U.S. National Guard veteran.
Thomas Ferrese, a former Haddon Heights planning board chairman, died on January 22. He was 79.
Virginia Moriarty, who served on planning boards in Bernardsville and Harding, died on January 22. She was 93.