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Retired State Trooper Suffered Medical Episode Before Route 287 Crash: Family, Police
The driver who died in a crash on Route 287 in Morris County this week has been identified as retired New Jersey State Trooper Kevin Hanrahan.
Hanrahan, 61, was heading north near milepost 31.4 in Harding Township around 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, when he ran off the road to the left and struck a metal guardrail, New Jersey State Police Trooper Charles Marchan said.
Hanrahan was rushed to a hospital, where he later died, Marchan said. Hanrahan's son, Kevin, said he had suffered a medical episode.
The lifelong Hawthorne resident had been living part-time in Florida, but start…
'8 Mile' Actor Nashawn Breedlove Who Rap-Battled Eminem Dies In NJ Home: Report
Nashawn Breedlove, the actor who famously rapped with Eminem in "8 Mile," died in his New Jersey home, his family tells TMZ.
Breedlove, 46, died in his sleep at home on Sunday, Sept. 24, the outlet said. His Facebook profile shows he is from Newark.
The rapper and actor was known as "Lotto" since his part in the 2002 movie with Em that serves as a career highlight.
Breedlove's mother, Patricia, penned a tribute to him on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
"Nashawn's departure from this world has left an immense void in my life, one that words cannot fully express," she wrote. "I can't put into…
MSU Student Breanna Pifano, 20, Dies Weeks After Suffering Cardiac Event
Breanna Pifano, a 20-year-old student at Montclair State University, died on Monday, Sept. 18, after suffering a cardiac event earlier this month, according to her obituary.
Breanna was born on Dec. 18, 2002 and was in her third year at MSU studying biology, with aspirations of becoming an optometrist.
A fundraiser was set up to assist the family with medical and funeral expenses. As of Friday, Sept. 22, more than $40,590 has been raised.
My heart breaks over and over, still feel like this isn’t real. I can’t express how grateful I am to Breanna for always... Posted by Rebeca Lei…
Prominent Attorney, Former Hudson County Prosecutor Harold Ruvoldt Dies, 81
Harold Ruvoldt, Jr. a prominent attorney in North Jersey, died on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the age of 81, according to his obituary.
Ruvoldt, who lived in Haworth and Jersey City, was a graduate of St. Peter's College, Seton Hall Law School and Rutgers University Business School, according to his obituary.
Ruvoldt was a trial and appellate lawyer working as a partner in private practice while also serving as a Hudson County prosecutor, Hudson County Counsel and Jersey City Counsel, his obituary reads.
"I met Harold when he...helped me with a personal legal issue," wrote one mourner …
Hundreds Turn Out For Funeral Of Former Pascack Valley HS Football Captain Devin Wolfe, 30
Joe Wolfe always knew his son was well-liked, but he didn't fully understand how loved he was until his funeral last week.
Devin Wolfe, 30, who grew up in River Vale, died in a car accident on Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 9.
His former teammates, friends from childhood, peers from college at Johnson & Wales University, coworkers, coaches, teachers, and relatives flew and drove out to Bergen County for Devin's services Thursday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 15.
Seeing the nearly one thousand of them lining up for visitation at Becker Funeral Home and spilling out of pews at the funeral …
Support Surges For Family Of Beloved Warren County Dad Killed In Motorcycle Crash At 46
Support is on the rise for the family of a beloved Warren County dad who was killed in a motorcycle crash last week.
Carlos Mendez, of Lopatcong Township, died Sunday, Sept. 3, his obituary says. He was 46.
Born in Cleveland, OH, Carlos worked as an IT administrator for Huston Lumber in Watchung. He was known for his love of the outdoors, especially riding ATVs.
Above all, Carlos had an endless passion for helping others, as well as spending time with his family members and many close friends.
“He just loved to be of help to others and had a huge heart,” reads his obituary. “He was always…
Warren County Forklift Operator, Devoted Dad Philip Hemeleski Dies On 35th Birthday
Warren County forklift operator and devoted dad Philip Hemeleski died at his home in Tamiment, PA, on Tuesday, August 29 — his 35th birthday.
Born in Hackettstown, Philip attended East Stroudsburg North High School, where he was a member of the rifle team before graduating in 2007, his obituary says.
Philip worked as a forklift operator for GXO Logistics in Belvidere. He was also an enthusiastic fisherman and hunter, as well as a dedicated fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Above all, he embraced his role as a devoted father to his loving daughter, Jewell.
In addition to his daughter, Philip is s…
Army Veteran, Somerset County Dad Of 2 Jaime Ayuso Dies After Pancreatitis Battle, 47
Tributes are pouring in for the family of an army veteran and Somerset County father of two after his death from end-stage pancreatitis.
Jaime Lee Ayuso died Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the age of 47, his obituary says.
Described as a “daredevil,” Jaime was known for his many achievements, which included being a mechanic, a tow truck driver, and an army soldier.
He loved riding motorcycles and “lived his life with no fear,” reads his obituary.
Jaime was also a dedicated father to his two loving children, Christian and Gianna.
In addition to his children, Jaime leaves behind his adoring wife, T…
‘Truly Beautiful, Inside And Out:’ Alexa Brown Of Phillipsburg Dies At 16
Phillipsburg is mourning the loss of a lifelong resident and beloved teen.
Alexa Marie Brown, “Alexita,” died Thursday, August 24 at age 16.
Born in Phillipsburg, Alexa was known for her wide range of hobbies, including cheerleading, softball, and basketball, in which she became “a competitor on and off the court” with the help of her father, her obituary says. She played on several basketball teams, including the Steele Hill Bulldogs, Steele Hill Warriors and Team Jenkins.
“She was feisty, tenacious and quickly recognized as a tough defender,” reads her memorial, adding that the talented …
'The Guy Who Never Stopped Smiling' Pilot Killed In NJ Helicopter Crash Mourned
Condolences are pouring in for Josef-Ram Yitzhak, the Israeli pilot who died in a Central Jersey helicopter crash last week.
The 44-year-old pilot, whose LinkedIn page says he's from Netanya, died when his Robinson R22 copter went down in a South Brunswick canal near Princeton at 3:15 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 31, local officials said.
Since then, tributes have cropped up on social media.
Josef-Ram Yitzhak We met at work a few years ago at the airport in New York, we immediately connected, we would go out... Posted by Mor Avinoam on Saturday, September 2, 2023
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Freightliner Driver Killed In 287 Crash Was PA Firefighter Who ‘Would Do Anything For Anyone'
The Freightliner driver killed in last week’s crash on Route 287 was a PA firefighter remembered for his kind heart and willingness to help others.
Edward A. Facer, 48, was driving a Freightliner tractor southbound when it ran off the right side of the highway, through the guardrail, and down an embankment near milepost 22.5 in Bedminster around 5:10 a.m. on Friday, August 25, NJSP Det. Jeffrey Lebron told Daily Voice.
Facer, of Port Matilda, PA, was killed in the crash.
Those who knew and loved Facer immediately shared tributes on social media, including the Port Matilda Fire Co. 15, with…
Beloved Morris County Native, College Track Star Tyler Scerbo Dies At 22
Morris County is mourning Morris Hills High School graduate Tyler Richard Scerbo, a standout track and field athlete who died at his college home in Ithaca, New York on Wednesday, August 16, his obituary says. He was 22.
Born at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Tyler grew up in Wharton, where he played football and excelled on the high school track team, particularly as a thrower in shot put, discus, and javelin, according to his obit.
He also had a wonderfully creative side that he expressed through playing the cello in the string orchestra, performing in the school’s Winter and Spring concer…
Parents Of Drowned NJ Toddler See Surge Of Support
The drowning of a New Jersey toddler has prompted a wave of support for his parents.
Witten Steigerwald, 18 months, was found in a pool in Spotswood and wasn't breathing around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, officials in Middlesex County said.
Responders performed CPR, and Witten was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"No one is ever prepared for the loss of a child and as such no funeral preparations had been made," Witten's uncle, Scott Steigerwald, said on a GoFundMe page for his brother, Kevin, and Witten's mother, Renee.
"Their family is now suddenly havin…
NJ High Schooler Savanna Diana Dies, 16
Savanna Diana, a 16-year-old rising junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, died on Saturday, Aug. 19, her family announced.
Diana loved to draw and paint and was considering going to art school, according to her obituary.
She also was an avid animal lover and had a bunny, Nesquik, a chinchilla, Smokey, and a bearded dragon, Miso, her obituary reads. She also enjoyed attending car shows with her brother, Jack.
Diana is survived by her mother, Stephanie, her stepmother, Wendy, her three brothers, Kyle, Ryan and Jack, and other family members and friends.
Our deepest sympathi…
Pat Kramer, Longtime Paterson Mayor, Dies At 90
Lawrence Francis "Pat" Kramer, who spent almost his entire life in Paterson, the city where he served as mayor for 12 years, died on Thursday, Aug. 24. He was 90 years old.
Kramer grew up on East 42nd Street and 18th Avenue, and attended what is now John F. Kennedy High School. After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kramer ran on the Republican ticket for mayor, and was elected in 1966.
Kramer's first term of mayor was from 1967 to 1972, before he was asked to head up the Commission of Public Affairs. Following that stint, he ran for mayor again, serving from 1975 to 1982. He…
Driver Killed In Sussex County Crash At 32 Had Just Purchased Home With High School Sweetheart
The 32-year-old driver killed in a Sussex County crash earlier this week had just purchased his first home with his high school sweetheart, according to loved ones who are coming together to provide support.
Joseph S. Spagnuolo, of Frankford Township, was killed Monday morning, August 21, when the Ford 800 dump truck he was driving veered off the left side of Fox Hill Road, hit the guardrail, and overturned into the woods, Daily Voice reported.
Born in Glen Ridge, Joseph had lived in Frankford Township for most of his life, his obituary says. He graduated from High Point Regional High Schoo…
'This Is Us' Star Ron Cephas Jones, Of Paterson, Dies At 66
Ron Cephas Jones, a Paterson native who won two Emmys for his role on "This is Us", died on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the age of 66.
Jones attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson and graduated from Ramapo College. He starred in movies like "He Got Game," "Sweet and Lowdown" and "Across the Universe" and guest starred on "Law and Order," "NYPD Blue" and "Mr. Robot."
"This is Us" which premiered in 2016, was Jones signature role. He played William Hill, who reconnects with his son, who was given up for adoption as a newborn. Jones was nominated for four Emmys, winning two in 2018 and 2020. …
Death Of Morris County Native In Motorcycle Crash Caused By 'Jersey Slide' Shatters Hearts
Friends are mourning the loss of a 53-year-old mother and wife who died in a motorcycle crash last weekend.
Andrea Houlihan, 53, of Sayreville, was a passenger on her husband's Harley Davidson when a vehicle suddenly changed lanes on Route 9 in Old Bridge, bringing traffic to an abrupt halt on Sunday, Aug. 13, as previously reported by Daily Voice.
Andrea, a Montville native, was pronounced dead at Hackensack Meridian Hospital, and her husband remains critical.
Phyllis Houlihan Schiavone, Andrea's sister-in-law, detailed the crash on Facebook in sharing a GoFundMe for the family…