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E. Hanover Man's Death 'A Real Loss to the Community'

Many remain in shock following the death of lifelong East Hanover resident Ralph Politi Jr.

Many in East Hanover remained "shocked" Monday following the death of a lifelong resident who was killed Saturday by an alleged drunk driver in front of his family business.

Ralph Politi Jr., 49, was killed Saturday when a Parsippany woman who was  just outside his auto parts business at 30 Ridgedale Ave. 

East Hanover Township Administrator Joseph Tempesta said the loss is tough for the community to bear.

"Our hearts go out to his wife and their two girls," he said. "And our prayers go to his father and mother and to his [seven] sisters and brother."

, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. Other charges filed against Brown include driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain her lane, driving with unsafe tires and driving an unregistered vehicle.

For the community Politi left behind, the concern is less about Brown than it is about dealing with the sudden loss.

Employees at Politi Auto Parts told Patch they were still in shock over what one called "a very big loss."

He also owned nearby All Jersey Garage Door.

Politi, born in Orange, was a lifelong resident of the town. He was a successful business owner who, in his spare time served on the board of the Hanover Park Regional High School District, was president of the East Hanover Community Partnership, volunteered for the East Hanover Recreation Department girls softball league and was a long time member of the Brooklake Country Club and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. 

He was also a family man devoted to his wife, Rosemarie, and to their twin daughters, Dana and Danielle.

"Ralph was a great guy," Tempesta said. "This is a real loss to the community."

Rachel George May 08, 2012 at 03:20 AM
It is a great loss for the family friends & to our community.We don't know why it happend only God knows.May God comfort his family specially parents.I hope this will be a lesson for every one who drink & drive that they can distroy innocent people & their families.One girls stuipd action caused the children with out a father & wife with out husband. Our sincere prayers are with the family.
Helena May 08, 2012 at 08:04 AM
May god bring them through this...... God bless them
Stevie May 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Politi family and friends. The woman who ended his life should receive the stiffest sentence -- 30 years. Unfortunately, Ralph will not have 30 years to spend with his wife, daughters, parents, siblings and friends. May God bless all of them.
Darren Brown May 08, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Ralph jr was a great man and will be missed by many please give the family strength and god bless them from Darren of Montclair n.j. classicdbrown@gmail.com
Darren Brown May 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Darren Brown has no realation to defendant he a east coast car show particapant god bless the family and friends
vic alcamo May 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
My thought and prayer go out to the family and friends of Ralph.. YOU will be missed
James May 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
What a huge loss for the community, my prayers go out to the family of both victim and the woman who was driving. One can only hope that some good can come from this situation. 30 years in jail is not going to bring anyone back but hopefully she can become a spokes woman for not getting into these situations.
Dianne Schaller May 12, 2012 at 01:54 PM
It's a shame that people that drink & drive, text, talk on the phone or whatever else they do don't realize the danger involved. I don't think law enforcement can ever stop these things. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of the Politi family members. Sincerely, Dianne S.
first person May 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
i dont understand why all accountable is not mentioned! She was at luigis minutes before the crash. everyone involved in this needs to be accountable!!!

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