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In Memorium: Lifetime Rumsonite, Vet, Former Police Chief, Robert B. Zerr Jr.

The following obituary was prepared by Bob Zerr himself and dictated to his friend of 53 years, David C. Foster, also known as UD. It was published on the Thompson Memorial Home website.

Robert B. Zerr Jr., a lifelong resident of Rumson, passed away on March 29 at home. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Sharon. He is survived by: his daughter Terri Jo Zerr; his sister Linda Feeny and her husband Vinny; niece Susan and husband Frank Leslie; nephew John Feeny and wife Dianne; sister-in-law Susan Herman and her husband Ronzel; granddaughters Haleigh, Jackie, Lacee, Brandee; and great-granddaughters Macie, Zelda, Emrys, Guinevere.

Bob was known best by his friends as “Bee Zee.” He served with the U.S. Army from 1956-1962, serving 16 months in Korea. He was a life member of PBA Local 345, exempt member of Rumson First Aid Squad, Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association and a member of the Rumson Police Department from 1960-1988, serving the last three years as Chief of Police. 

Those who knew him well would agree that he was a humanitarian, a staunch defender of the right and a consummate American patriot. He also played softball for many years at Piping Rock in Rumson. He will be missed.

There will be no viewing or services. Burial will be private in the veteran’s section of Fair View Cemetery along with Sharon in Middletown, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Assoc., PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to any other disabled Veterans organization. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with his care. 

Countdown: Helping Rumson’s Police Chief with His Fundraising Plunge

Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson is taking the plunge — the 2016 Plunge (into the icy cold ocean) at Seaside to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.

The chief is undaunted by the impending chill and persevering, with only a few days left until the Saturday 9 a.m. event, to reach his goal of raising $10,000 for the cause.

He’s close. He has raised $8,065 so far from 59 donors.

This is the chief’s fourth year of raising funds and taking the polar plunge for the cause. Last year, the chief was among the top fundraisers and he aspires to do even better this year and set his goal higher, because he is a believer in the benefits of the Special Olympics and says “the reward is impossible to explain!”

So, “I am asking that you please help me again in supporting the Special Olympics of New Jersey by making a donation,” Paterson says on his fundraising page. “The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support you can provide. It will benefit a great cause!”

Where do the donations go? They may fulfill big sports-oriented dream or several small ones, such as sending an athlete to fall games, covering the cost of Olympics gold medals, providing an adaptive bowling ramp, uniforming a basketball team.

The chief has a few more days until the main event. He asks that if people can’t make a donation, they just try to help him along in getting his fundraising message out and inching him closer to his goal.

So, give a click on this highlighted portion and see what you can do!

For more information about the event on Saturday, click here.