Arthur Troast, a former Superior Court Judge whose father was the 1953 Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey, died on July 24. He was 90.
Troast was appointed as a judge of the Bergen County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court by Gov. William Cahill in 1973. He was elevated to the Bergen County District Court in 1976 and to the Superior Court in 1979. He remained there until his retirement in 1997.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Troast was the Wyckoff Township Attorney from 1960 to 1973.
His father, Paul Troast, a construction executive who built the New Jersey Turnpike as it’s first commissioner, won the GOP primary against publisher Malcolm Forbes by a 52%-39% margin.
He had been the favorite to win the general election against former State Sen. Robert Meyner (D-Phillipsburg) until The New York Times broke a story that Troast wrote a letter New York Gov. Thomas Dewey seeking clemency for Joseph F. Fay, the head of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 who had been convicted of extortion.
The Fay Letter send the Troast campaign into a tailspin and he wound up losing by 153,642 votes, 53%-45%.
Paul Troast later served as chairman of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and as a commissioner of the Passaic Valley Water Commission.
Judge Troast is survived by his wife, four children, six step-children, 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on August 1 from 4-8 PM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff, followed by a Mass on August 2 at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River.