Category Archives: Obituaries

Memorial Set for Fair Haven Fire Department 30-Year Member, Chris Bertell, 88

You didn’t have to know lifetime Rumson and Fair Havenite Chris Bertell for him to have touched your life and put a smile on your face, if only for a moment, especially at holiday time. That’s because he was the guy who, year after year, set a festive, antique Santa-driven Ford Model T on his River Road lawn. It was a traffic stopper. It was also a heart warmer.

And when people think back on holiday time in Fair Haven, most remember that guy, Chris Bertell, who set out to spread a little joy with a car, some lights and good ol’ Saint Nick. They also remember him as the guy in town who loved antique cars and dalmatians and shared that love with many.

Bertell also saw many through emergencies as a 30-year life member of the Fair Haven Fire Department many-time president and ex-captain of the department’s Fire Police. He was also that go-to guy in the community for electrical repairs with his longtime business, Chris’ Electric.  

Bertell, also a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and member of the Masons, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Riverview Medical Center. He was 88.

A memorial is set for Bertell from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.22. There will be a fire company service at 11. And The avid volunteer and lover of antique cars and dalmatians 

Chris is survived by: his wife of 60 years Frieda “Ruth” (Dudley); and his cousin, Vincent Domidion, of Morganville. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Chris’ name to the ASPCA, 260 Wall Street, PO Box 93, Eatontown, NJ 07724.

RIP, Chris Bertell. You are remembered.


Memorial Set for Rumson’s Oceanic Marina Owner, Peter Pawlikowski

Peter Pawlikowski, owner of Rumson’s Oceanic Marina, passed away on Dec. 8 Raritan Bay Medical Center with his wife and daughter Kristi by his side. He was 72. Services are set for 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson. 

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Memorial Set for Longtime Area Doctor, Joseph M. Kyrillos, 89

Longtime area pediatrician and father of former Senator Joe Kyrillos, Dr. Joseph M. Kyrillos, of Red Bank, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 3 at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor. He was 89.

From Dr. Kyrillos’ obituary … 

Dr. Joseph M. Kyrillos
Photo/courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home

Known as a man who was devoted to his family, friends and patients, Dr. Kyrillos was a global traveler in his lifetime. He was an avid gardener, a skilled bridge player and most recently, an accomplished painter.

Born in Byblos, Lebanon on Dec. 11, 1929, he graduated from College de la Sagesse in Beirut. Dr. Kyrillos then went on to obtain his medical degree at Saint Joseph’s University, French Faculty of Medicine, and came to the United States to complete his residency in pediatrics at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.

Dr. Kyrillos was married to Marguerite Kyrillos (nee Shlala) for more than 60 years.

A practicing pediatrician in Middletown for more than 50 years —first in private practice and later with the Medical Health Center of Middletown — he saw his last patients at age 85.

He is survived by: his wife, Margo; his children, former Senator Joseph Jr. and Susan Kyrillos, of Middletown, and their children Max and Georgia, Jean-Claude and Barbara Kyrillos, of La Jolla, CA, and their children Alexandra, Christina, Carl and Ben, Dr. Janine Kyrillos of Narberth, PA and her son Eddie, and Jean-Paul and Dannielle Kyrillos of New York City and their children Caspian and Calliope; and his brothers, Jean Kyrillos and Antoine Kyrillos and their families, of Beirut, Lebanon.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Thompson Memorial Home at 310 Broad Street, Red Bank. A funeral service will be held at Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. Dr. Kyrillos’ family in Lebanon will also be celebrating a Catholic Mass in his honor at their church in Beirut.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, Pediatrics Department, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Memorial Set for Former Rumsonite, RFH Grad Lee Heinsius, 62

Former Rumsonite and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate Lee A. Heinsius passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, at Riverview Medical Center after a long, courageous battle with lung disease. She was 62.

A memorial service for Lee is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Saint George’s By The River Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson. Burial will be private.

From Lee’s obituary … 

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Memorial Slated for January for Rumson Icon, Dr. ‘Put’ Brodsky, 88

A longtime Rumson icon has passed. Dr. J. Putnam “Put” Brodsky, doctor, sailor, husband, father and friend, died on Nov. 20 at 88 following a short bout with lung cancer. A memorial is slated for January.

From Dr. Brodsky’s obituary … 

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Memorial Set for Former Fair Havenite Madge Breeden, 82

Former longtime Fair Havenite Madge (Wolcott) Breeden passed away, surrounded by family, at Ocean Medical Center in Brick on Oct. 15. She was 82.

Former Fair Haven neighbors and friends flooded Facebook with condolences and memories of the Dartmouth Avenue mom and her family from back in the day.

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Paddling Out in Remembrance of RFH Grad Bill Caldwell

“Beautiful” was one word used by many to describe the memorial paddle-out off Sandy Hook on Sunday for RFH alum Bill Caldwell —  avid surfer, skateboarder, craftsman and lover of the water and animals who lost his hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer on July 20.

When, exactly, surfers started celebrating the life of their kindred waterborne spirits in this way is unknown. Still, it has become a steadfast tradition — an unspoken promise, a way to honor one another.

Call it a floating memorial honor ceremony. An apt remembrance in the place where the hearts of these souls of the water are thought to rest. Their peaceful eternity. That’s what a paddle-out is. That’s what Bill’s was.

“I’m glad to have taken part … you’ll never be forgotten,” said Caldwell’s RFH Class of ’78 classmate Chris Wood, owner of Woody’s, where one of Bill Caldwell’s surfboards hangs.

“A powerful send off to a great friend, loved and admired by all,” said RFH classmate Peggy Miller. “RIP Bill Caldwell.”

Encapsulated, it was a “beautiful day to pay tribute to a beautiful soul,” another classmate, Ginger White Tassinari said.

Rest in peace, Bill, Billy, Wilbur … You are remembered.

The following is a slideshow in memory of Bill Caldwell through the years …

— Elaine Van Develde

— Thanks to Bill, Ginger White Tassinari, Peggy Miller, Chris Wood and George Day for the photos. 

In Memoriam: Former Fair Havenite, Longtime Rumson Teacher Eileen Sagurton Borden

Former Fair Havenite and longtime Rumson School District teacher Eileen Sagurton Borden passed away, surrounded by family at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, on Thursday, Sept. 20. She was 71.

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In Memorium: Native Rumsonite, Librarian, Mildred Younger, 94

Native Rumsonite Mildred L. Younger passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1.  She was 94.

Memorial services have been set to start on Monday, Sept. 10, with  a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. A memorial tribute will be held at 6:30 that evening. Burial will be private.

From Mildred’s obituary … 

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Memorial Set for Former Fair Havenite Joe Truex, 54

The community is in mourning. The marquee and memorial buntings draped on the Fair Haven Firehouse mark the passing of one of its own … one who served a community he loved.

Memorial services are set to begin on Tuesday for former Fair Havenite, Rumsonite and avid community emergency services volunteer Joseph B. Truex Sr.,54, who passed away on June 6. He was living in Little Silver at the time of his passing.

A life celebration is set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. It will be followed by a mass of christian burial on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank. Interment will be private.

From Joe’s obituary … 

Joe Truex

Born in Oceanport to Raymond and Rita, Joe was well-known as a civically-minded man who constantly gave back to his community. He served in the Fair Haven Fire Department for 16 years and was a three-time captain of its First Aid Squad.

Before that, Joe had served as captain of the Rumson EMS. He was also a more than 20 year member of the Middletown Auxiliary Police Department.

Joe is predeceased by: his father, Raymond; and his brothers Michael and Thomas.

He is survived by: his beloved wife Ethel; his mother, Rita; his loving sons, Raymond, Joseph Jr., Brian, Benjamin, David Ruthenbeck Jr. and Kevin Ruthenbeck; his dear grandchildren, Tyler and Skylar; and his siblings, Philip, Jake, Kate Portee and Patricia White.

A tribute to Joe will follow after his funeral. RIP, Joe. You are remembered.