Louise S. Whitfield

Louise S. Whitfield of Rumson, NJ and Boynton Beach, FL, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2023, with her son Ron at her side. She was born August 27, 1929, graduated from Rumson High School in 1946.  In 1948 she married Paul Whitfield of Eatontown, NJ who passed away in 2019.   She is survived by daughter Sarah, of Hampstead, MD, son Ronald of Rumson and N. Ft. Myers, FL, son and daughter-in-law James and Robin of Boynton Beach, FL, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, her sister, Elizabeth Obermann and partner Bernard Keany of Newport, VT several nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family.  She was predeceased by her husband Paul, daughter Catherine, daughter-in-law Cynthia, father George Schultz, mother May Ether, stepfather Elmer Ether, sister Dorothy McAndrew and brother William Ether.

Bonnie McKee Tortora

Bonnie McKee Tortora, a resident of Fair Haven NJ passed away to eternal life at the age of 83. Bonnie was born to Nancy Boecking and Carlisle McKee MD in Pittsburgh PA.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, John J. Tortora D.D.S. Her brother, Carlisle Emerson McKee and her two nephews, Dustin McKee and Erin McKee and her two stepsons Brandon Tortora and Jeremy Tortora. Bonnie was inspired to the Art of painting throughout her youth by the painting of her Grandmother, Mother and Aunt.

Brian Morgan Duddy, Jr.

Brian Morgan Duddy Jr. passed peacefully on Sunday April 30th 2023 surrounded by his adoring mother, Kelley, and father, Brian. Brian was born on September 28th, 1994 in New York City and spent the last 27 years in Fair Haven, NJ. He was a brilliant, sweet, sensitive boy who loved sailing, skiing, golf and spending time at our beach club.

Brian was an exceptional student graduating Rumson Country Day School in 2009, Rumson-Fair Haven High School in 2013 and Lehigh University in 2017.

Eileen A. Sprake

Eileen A. Sprake, 90, of Middletown, NJ, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday April 30, 2023. She was born and raised in Jersey City, graduating from St. Paul’s Grammar School and Snyder High School. Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. With her lifelong focus on family, she was the one that you went to in times of trouble and the one you called when you needed a laugh. In her early years, Eileen moved with the family to Newark, NJ, Littleton, MA, Bay Village, OH, and Lincroft, NJ. Upon retirement with her husband, she moved to Toms River, NJ, and then finally back to Middletown, NJ where she received the very best support and care from a new community of friends at Abor Terrace.

Raymond George Patterson, Jr.

Raymond George Patterson Jr., known as Ray, passed away on April 28th, 2023, in Howell, NJ. He was 67 years old.
 
Ray was born in Long Branch, NJ, to his mother Florence and his father Raymond George Patterson Sr. He attended St. James Elementary and Red Bank Catholic High School.
 
Ray had a diverse career, beginning at the young age of 14. He learned a variety of skills throughout his life, which he applied to his work. Ray was known for his unconventional problem-solving skills and was often called upon to resolve complex issues. He was our "MacGyver." Ray worked for the Boro of Red Bank Water & Sewer Department for 25 years and retired in 2012. However, his most notable accomplishment was turning his passion into a thriving business. Ray became the largest Hess Toy Truck dealer on the East Coast.

Bradley Charles Smith

Bradley Charles Smith, 58, of Fair Haven, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on April 25, 2023.

Brad grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Greenwich High School and Central Connecticut State University. In February 1997, he married Laurie Meredith, and they would go on to have two children, Teddy and Robby. Over the course of his successful career, Brad held various positions in financial wealth management, most recently at BCS Private Wealth Management in Rumson, New Jersey.

Brad was a talented woodworker, a talent that was generationally passed down from his father and grandfather. His handmade wooden bowls were always the most coveted gifts at Christmas, and people remember what Christmas it was by who was lucky enough to receive Brad’s bowl that year. When not in his woodshop, Brad could be found in the great outdoors, either paddle boarding on the Navesink River, fishing, hiking with family and friends in the Adirondacks, or enjoying a quiet morning under an umbrella at Sea Bright Beach Club. Brad loved taking long walks at the beach with the love of his life - his wife, Laurie.

John Alan O'Shea

John Alan O’Shea, 40, a U.S. Navy veteran and longshoreman who worked in New Jersey and New York, died suddenly Thursday at his home in Jersey City.
 
Born in Brooklyn, John was brought to Staten Island as a child. He grew up in Tottenville and graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians School and St. Joseph by the Sea High School.
 
He attended St. John’s University and served in the Navy for four years. He apprenticed as an electrician before starting a career as a Longshoreman in 2015.  He worked over the years at ports in Elizabeth, NJ, and Manhattan and Brooklyn and for the last four years was based out of Global Terminal in Jersey City, where he belonged to the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) Local 1588. He made many friends among his coworkers at the busy port. John operated cranes and heavy equipment to help facilitate the transfer of thousands of containers of cargo being imported and exported internationally and along the Eastern and South Atlantic gulf coasts. He also worked in the past as a bartender at locations in Manhattan including the Tippler in the Chelsea section.

Paul J. Kimmins

Paul J. Kimmins, 77, of Shrewsbury, died April 18th at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.  Paul was born in Atlantic City and lived in Pennsylvania and California before returning to New Jersey where he resided in Little Silver and Shrewsbury over the last 28 years.

While completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Temple University, Paul enrolled in ROTC training.  He served active duty in the Army from 1968-1970 and as a reservist from 1970 until 1980, attaining the rank of Major.
 
After his active duty in the Army, Paul returned to Temple University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1973 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance in 1982.

Irene G. Miller

Irene G. Miller, 99, of Oceanport, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2023. Irene was born August 29, 1923 in Clune, Pennsylvania and grew up in Manville, New Jersey. She graduated from Manville High School and worked at Johns Manville as a time keeper.

During WWII she made plane armatures for the government. She went to the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City for Cartier Dress Making and upon graduating she worked at Main Bouche, New York as a dressmaker for two years. She also worked for Elizabeth Arden for three years as a dress maker.

Jean Haviland Denise Rue

On Sunday, April 16, 2023, Jean Haviland Denise Rue, mother of three sons, grandmother of ten and great-grandmother of five, passed away at age 90. She was preceded in death by her husband, former mayor of Fair Haven, William Conover Rue, Sr.

Jean was born at Riverview, during the depth of The Depression in 1933, on the day of the first presidential fireside chat by FDR. She was the only child of Edgar Vanderveer Denise and Dorothy Katherine Haviland. Jean was born prematurely weighing in at only 3 lbs and 14 oz. Doctors told her father that neither she nor her mother would survive; both women would live into their 90s.

Jean grew up in Fair Haven. She was a fount of Fair Haven history. Her father served 17 years as the mayor and her husband, Bill, would later serve as mayor and borough administrator. She grew up on the banks of the Navesink River, loved the area and lived all her life there. Jean was a proud graduate of Rumson High School (before it became regionalized) and furthered her education at Centenary College, graduating in 1953.

Ione Joan Perry

Ione left us as she wanted. Surrounded by family, bathed in a sea of love, safe in the knowledge that we would be o.k. ! Sad…but ok.

Born and raised in Red Bank, Ione was the second of 4 children to Edith (Albert) and Charles Blake. Family was very important to Ione and she always made sure family knew they were loved. She met and married the love of her life, Ernest (June) Perry. They were married on March 17th 1962. They settled in Tinton Falls and raised 3 boys.

Ione was known all over for her amazing cakes and cookies. She often told stories of the assembly line she set up in her tiny kitchen to make sure everyone in the family got a box of holiday cookies! Weddings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, it didn’t matter the occasion Ione would make a cake……..and not just any cake ! The best cake you EVER tasted!

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