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Rose Cyphers, who ran for Republican County Committee in Berkeley Heights when a conservative faction sough to take control of the local GOP organization, died on July 24. She was 96. Cyphers lost to incumbent Elaine Braun in a 59%-41% contest in a race where Republican Municipal Chairman Bernard Colton lost his seat to Cyphers’ running mate.
Brian Faniro, a former member of the Mount Holly Board of Education, died on July 24. He was 62.
Joseph Murray, a retired Paterson firefighter who was a first responder after the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, died on July 26. He was 54. He was the Totowa deputy zoning officer.