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Passaic, NJ 07055
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Lawyer James Convery, former Passaic administrator, dies - NorthJersey.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

James Convery, a onetime schoolteacher who entered Passaic County government after earning a law degree and served as county administrator, has died. The former Glen Rock resident was 74. CONVERY The cause was cancer, said his wife, Jane Ellen.Mr. Convery was deputy county counsel, the county’s No. 2 lawyer, for much of his 27-year government tenure. He distinguished himself by avoiding controversy and getting along with elected officials from both parties. In 2000, the freeholders tapped him to replace Nicola DiDonna as administrator after DiDonna was indicted on corruption charges.Mr. Convery, described in The Record as "apolitical," remained county administrator until retiring in early 2004. He wrestled with a yawning budget shortfall in 2002 and kept a low profile while overseeing more than 2,000 employees and a quarter-billion-dollar budget.And he displayed the same knack for conciliation he did as a county lawyer. In one instance, he intervened when a freeholder objected to the large-size letters on the sign pr...

Edward Swartz Landis Jr. - Smithvillereview

Monday, February 06, 2017

Landis   Edward Swartz Landis, Jr. was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Passaic, NJ and departed this life on Friday evening, Jan. 27, 2017 at the age of 74 yrs. He was the son of the late Edward S. Landis, Sr. and Ann Onyskewiz Landis and was preceded in death by a son, Walter Charles Landis. Edward was a graduate of the National Radio Institute and had a career in radio installation and repair. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Edward is survived by his wife, Viola Workman Landis of Sparta; sons, Jeff Landis, Sr. of Watertown and Timothy Edward Landis of Sparta; grandchildren, Jeff Landis, Jr., Charles Landis, Amber Stice, Carlee Rose Landis; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Landis of California and sister, Annette Gurrage of Clarksville. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home. Bro. Elmore Judd officiated with interment following at Hunter Memorial Park.   Hunter Funeral Home, was in charge of the arrangements.   SMITHVILLE REVIEW Smithville, TN February 1, 2017     ...

Martin Boyd, former Hawthorne police chief and academy leader, dies at 60 - NorthJersey.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

Martin Boyd, the assistant director of the Passaic County Police Academy and a former Hawthorne police chief, has died. He was 60.FILE PHOTOMartin BoydMr. Boyd, who had health issues, collapsed Monday while sealing the driveway of his Hawthorne home, said his wife, Robin. He was off work for the Columbus Day holiday.The lifelong borough resident, whose father was a firefighter and an ambulance corpsman, joined the Police Department in 1977 after studying hotel and restaurant management at Bergen Community College. He had always wanted to be a cop, said his wife, who was his childhood sweetheart. The call from the hometown police force meant that Mr. Boyd bid adieu to a job as a Burger King manager.He rose through the ranks, served as a D.A.R.E. officer for a decade, and was named chief in 2004.“When you think of Hawthorne, you think of Marty Boyd,” said Mayor Richard S. Goldberg, who played Little League baseball with the future police chief. “He was beloved by his officers on the force.”Mr. Boyd retired as chief in 2007 and to...

H.S. football: Ex-Passaic coach Ray McCrann, 75, dies - NorthJersey.com

Monday, August 01, 2016

Former Passaic football coaching legend Ray McCrann died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in New Hampshire.The longtime New Providence resident was 75.McCrann guided Passaic to state titles in 1983, 1985 and 1989, and won another state championship at Summit. He also coached at Wayne Hills."Ray just had a true passion for football," Greg Komeshok, Passaic's athletic director from 2005-14, said by phone Thursday. "In fact, even after he retired, he would go daily to Rutgers football practices, taking it all in [and] taking notes, even though he no longer was coaching."McCrann referred to himself as a football lifer. Each time he seemed to retire, he suddenly roamed someone's sideline once again.Even in the final years of his life, he was an invited spectator at Bernards in Somerset County, where two of his grandsons were playing. Coach Jon Simoneau welcomed McCrann as a valuable sounding board for him and his young staff and leaned on his advice.McCrann didn't fully step...

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Lawyer James Convery, former Passaic administrator, dies - NorthJersey.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

James Convery, a onetime schoolteacher who entered Passaic County government after earning a law degree and served as county administrator, has died. The former Glen Rock resident was 74. CONVERY The cause was cancer, said his wife, Jane Ellen.Mr. Convery was deputy county counsel, the county’s No. 2 lawyer, for much of his 27-year government tenure. He distinguished himself by avoiding controversy and getting along with elected officials from both parties. In 2000, the freeholders tapped him to replace Nicola DiDonna as administrator after DiDonna was indicted on corruption charges.Mr. Convery, described in The Record as "apolitical," remained county administrator until retiring in early 2004. He wrestled with a yawning budget shortfall in 2002 and kept a low profile while overseeing more than 2,000 employees and a quarter-billion-dollar budget.And he displayed the same knack for conciliation he did as a county lawyer. In one instance, he intervened when a freeholder objected to the large-size letters on the sign pr...

Edward Swartz Landis Jr. - Smithvillereview

Monday, February 06, 2017

Landis   Edward Swartz Landis, Jr. was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Passaic, NJ and departed this life on Friday evening, Jan. 27, 2017 at the age of 74 yrs. He was the son of the late Edward S. Landis, Sr. and Ann Onyskewiz Landis and was preceded in death by a son, Walter Charles Landis. Edward was a graduate of the National Radio Institute and had a career in radio installation and repair. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Edward is survived by his wife, Viola Workman Landis of Sparta; sons, Jeff Landis, Sr. of Watertown and Timothy Edward Landis of Sparta; grandchildren, Jeff Landis, Jr., Charles Landis, Amber Stice, Carlee Rose Landis; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Landis of California and sister, Annette Gurrage of Clarksville. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home. Bro. Elmore Judd officiated with interment following at Hunter Memorial Park.   Hunter Funeral Home, was in charge of the arrangements.   SMITHVILLE REVIEW Smithville, TN February 1, 2017     ...

Martin Boyd, former Hawthorne police chief and academy leader, dies at 60 - NorthJersey.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

Martin Boyd, the assistant director of the Passaic County Police Academy and a former Hawthorne police chief, has died. He was 60.FILE PHOTOMartin BoydMr. Boyd, who had health issues, collapsed Monday while sealing the driveway of his Hawthorne home, said his wife, Robin. He was off work for the Columbus Day holiday.The lifelong borough resident, whose father was a firefighter and an ambulance corpsman, joined the Police Department in 1977 after studying hotel and restaurant management at Bergen Community College. He had always wanted to be a cop, said his wife, who was his childhood sweetheart. The call from the hometown police force meant that Mr. Boyd bid adieu to a job as a Burger King manager.He rose through the ranks, served as a D.A.R.E. officer for a decade, and was named chief in 2004.“When you think of Hawthorne, you think of Marty Boyd,” said Mayor Richard S. Goldberg, who played Little League baseball with the future police chief. “He was beloved by his officers on the force.”Mr. Boyd retired as chief in 2007 and to...

H.S. football: Ex-Passaic coach Ray McCrann, 75, dies - NorthJersey.com

Monday, August 01, 2016

Former Passaic football coaching legend Ray McCrann died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in New Hampshire.The longtime New Providence resident was 75.McCrann guided Passaic to state titles in 1983, 1985 and 1989, and won another state championship at Summit. He also coached at Wayne Hills."Ray just had a true passion for football," Greg Komeshok, Passaic's athletic director from 2005-14, said by phone Thursday. "In fact, even after he retired, he would go daily to Rutgers football practices, taking it all in [and] taking notes, even though he no longer was coaching."McCrann referred to himself as a football lifer. Each time he seemed to retire, he suddenly roamed someone's sideline once again.Even in the final years of his life, he was an invited spectator at Bernards in Somerset County, where two of his grandsons were playing. Coach Jon Simoneau welcomed McCrann as a valuable sounding board for him and his young staff and leaned on his advice.McCrann didn't fully step...