Monday, April 8, 2013
James Bradley is remembered for his bright smile, 'exceptional courage' and love for Parsippany baseball.
Retired Parsippany Police Lt. James D. Bradley died Friday at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown after a brief illness. He was 55 years old. The Denville native lived in Parsippany for 46 years before moving to Rockaway in 2003. Bradley graduated from Parsippany Hills High School in 1975. He then went on to higher education, graduating from the 172nd Municipal Police Class at the New Jersey State Police Training Center in Sea Girt in 1981 and earning a bachelors degree in chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University two years later. Joining Parsippany Police in 1985, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he became a member of the elite Emergency Response Team and earned multiple unit and command citations, according to an …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Former mayor remembered by chief executives who followed him for his work for seniors and children.
John T. ‘Jack’ Fahy, the former mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills, died Sunday at his township home at the age of 83. The cause of death was not released. Current Mayor James R. Barberio released a comment on Fahy's death. "It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of former Mayor Jack Fahy," the statement said. "Jack Fahy became mayor of Parsippany in 1974 and served two terms in office. It was during the time when I was a student at Parsippany Hills High School, myself aspiring to be the mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills. "Jack was a good man whose accomplishments are still felt today in Parsippany," Barberio continued. "Mayor Fahy leaves behind a legacy of commitment to the people of Parsippany." Fahy served as the town's top …
Mayor Barberio, Rep. Frelinghuysen and servicemembers among those at Parsippany wake; funeral will be in North Caldwell Tuesday.
Parsippany said its farewell to U.S. Army Sgt. Derek McConnell in the township Monday, paying last respects to the soldier who died March 18 of still-unreleased causes. A steady stream of mourners visited the Par-Troy Funeral Home throughout the afternoon and evening as an open-casket viewing was held. Around the room were photo collages showing the many faces of Derek: The wounded warrior; the brand-new (healthy) soldier; the fiance; the son and brother; the boy; the man. Much of the talk at the funeral home centered around the grace and bravery demonstrated by the young man as he dealt with massive health challenges over the two years preceding his death. McConnell, 23, was wounded in Afghanistan in July 2011, after being hit by an …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
People can pay respects in both of the Afghanistan veteran's hometowns, Parsippany and North Caldwell.
The final journey for U.S. Army Sgt. Derek McConnell is set. McConnell, who lived in Parsippany, died Monday of causes yet to be announced. A viewing for the soldier will be held Monday, April 1, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 92 Parsippany Road, according to his mother, Siobhan Fuller-McConnell. A funeral mass will be held in North Caldwell Tuesday, April 2 at 11 a.m., where he lived as a youth, at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 359 Central Ave. McConnell, 23, was wounded in Afghanistan in July 2011, after being hit by an improvised explosive device while patrolling in the Zahri District in Kandahar. He lost his legs and suffered other serious injuries that kept him in recovery in Maryland for months. During that time…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Derek McConnell's mother said the reason for her son's death has yet to be determined.
The cause behind the sudden Monday morning passing of U.S. Army Specialist Derek McConnell has not yet been released. The wounded veteran, who lost his legs in the Afghan conflict in 2011, was discovered dead in his bed. The 23-year-old soldier's mother, Siobhan Fuller-McConnell, told NJ.com that the reason her son died has not been determined. Funeral arrangements have not been released. According to her posting on the Facebook page “Team Derek,” McConnell's fiance Krystina Dressler was unable to rouse him from what she thought was sleep early Monday. "I tried everything I could think of," Dressler wrote about finding her high school sweetheart. "I held out hope when I listened for a heartbeat as I tried to wake him and there was none, …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Some friends and loved ones of Andrew Quinn took to the Internet to pay tribute.
The loss of 22-year-old Andrew Quinn, the Parsippany Hills High School and Cornell University graduate killed early Saturday after being struck by a vehicle driven by a still-unknown motorist on New York City's West Side Highway, is a difficult one for those who loved him. Many have taken to social media to recall a man who, according to his brother Jeff Quinn, who told NJ.com, "He excelled in all areas." One old friend posted a photo of her and Quinn from third grade on Instagram with a caption: "Thank you for everything you did for me during our wonderful friendship. You will never be forgotten. RIP Andrew" Other remembrances appeared on Twitter: Quinn served as president of Par Hills' senior class in 2008. His Legacy.com obituary …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Chester and Rosaria Andraka are remembered by their children as people who were "strong, physically and mentally."
A packed sanctuary was on hand for the traditional Roman Catholic funeral mass for Chester and Rosaria Andraka at St. Christopher Church on Littleton Road Monday morning. The ceremony did not allude to the violence of what the Morris County Prosecutor's office ruled as the murder of Rosaria Andrala and the suicide of Chester Andraka. Instead, the focus was on comforting openly weeping family members and impressing upon the congregants the importance of faith. The family entered the worship space and walked up the church aisle behind two mahogany-colored caskets draped ceremonially in white linen, per Catholic tradition. Liturgical readings including the 23rd Psalm ("The Lord is my shepherd...") emphasized comfort and tenacity. In his …
Monday, January 14, 2013
For a decade until her retirement, the English border collie worked for Parsippany, keeping gaggles of geese away from golf courses, parks and schools.
Monday, January 14
Parsippany is saying farewell to a devoted former employee that served the township's Parks and Forestry Department with distinction from 2000-2010. According to the Daily Record, Bess, a border collie whose job was to geese away from public grassy areas such as parks and schools, was euthanized Monday at the age of 14 due to "internal issues." The town decided to hire a dog to deal with the goose problem to save money—Bess' remuneration was all the food she could eat. A popular daily visitor to Parks and Forestry even after she retired due to old age three years ago, she lived at the end with Joe Drury, the department's supervisor. Mayor James Barberio and other town officials are mourning the canine. The mayor told the Record Bess was a…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Family and community members pay final respects to Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III, who was ice fishing when he and his friend fell into the frigid waters of Budd Lake last week.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Grace Keimel died Wednesday at her Lake Hiawatha home just days after her 66th birthday.
A Parsippany woman died at her Lake Hiawatha home Wednesday during the immediate aftermath of superstorm Sandy when it is believed that her breathing apparatus ran out of power, according to her daughter. Grace Keimel, 66, died alone at her house on Lake Shore Drive while on a portable oxygen machine. Her husband, Parsippany Hazardous Materials Coordinator R. Lee Keimel, was performing Sandy-related emergency duties at the time. While the official cause of Keimel's death was not specified, her daughter Dawn Barhite told Patch, "I believe it was because of Sandy." Keimel, 66, had suffered from pulmonary issues for some time, said Barhite. She used a portable oxygen machine to assist with breathing during the day and a larger, stationary …