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Former Roseland Councilman John Derites

John Derites, former Roseland councilman, dies at 73

By David Wildstein, April 05 2020 9:00 pm

Former Roseland councilman John Derites died on April 2.  He was 73.

Derites was elected to the borough council in 1994 and re-elected in 1997, 2000 and 2003.

“Councilman John Derites was the epitome of class,” said mayor James Spango. “He was a true gentleman, a calm and strong voice of reason, in addition to being a devoted husband, Dad and grandfather.  In my time as Mayor, John became a trusted confidant. On behalf of all Roseland residents I extend our condolences to Roseann Derites and their entire family.  John Derites’ passing is a terrible loss to our entire Roseland community.”

Derites ran for council in 2018 on a ticket headed by former mayor Michael Pacio.  He scored an off-the-line victory in the Republican primary and came within 134 votes of beating Democrat Eileen Fishman in the general election.

He owned Mid-State Press, a Roseland-based printing company.

Derites is survived by his wife, Roseanne, two daughters and five grandchildren.

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