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In Memoriam: Little Silver Resident Claire Deverin, 93

There is a saying ~ “People may not remember what you said, but will always remember how you made them feel.”  If you were fortunate enough to know and spend time with Claire you felt loved.

Loved ones of Claire Deverin in her obituary

Little Silver and Jupiter, Florida resident Claire Deverin passed away peacefully on Aug. 6 with her family by her side. She was 93.

Claire Deverin
Photo/family via John E. Day Funeral Home

“She was a former member of Holy Cross Church in Rumson and St. Christopher Church in Hope Sound, FL. 
Claire was a member of the Navesink and Jupiter Hills country clubs, where she enjoyed playing competitive golf, paddle and tennis.  For many years she was a volunteer and committee member at
the Children’s Psychiatric Center of Monmouth County and
several other local charities.   
Most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who cherished the time spent with family and friends.”

Claire Deverin’s family



Claire is predeceased by: her husband of 65 years, Bernard; her son, Gerry; and her two sisters, Myrna Anderson and Jean Frank.

She is survived by: her four children, Bernie (wife Midge), Sean, Charlene (husband Robin Kirtley), Eileen (husband Harry Radovich); daughter-in-law, Lori Deverin; sister, Lucille Roberts; and her adored sixteen grandchildren, Margaux, James, Walter, Grace, Sean, Macauley, Conor, Hugh, Tori, Harry, Kendall, Hayden, Peter, Ryan, Peter, and Kathleen.

The Deverin family would like to extend a very warm and special thank you to her friends and aides Paula, Desere, Sandy, Tina and Milly for their love, kindness and care over the last several years.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 11:15 a.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank.

— Edited obituary prepared by family via John E. Day Funeral Home

In Memoriam: Longtime Rumsonite, Former Councilman, Dennis Patrick Lynch, 80

Photo/screenshot, Borough of Rumson newsletter

“And now, our Dennis dances with the angels.”

Loved ones of Dennis Patrick Lynch

Longtime Rumsonite Dennis Patrick Lynch entered into his eternal life on April 10. He was 80.

The former Borough councilman, Rumson Country Day School Board vice chair, volunteer, consummate businessman and tennis player was known to

“practice what he preached.

He saw the good in every person, and was the gentle, self-effacing one so many sought out for counsel; his patience, understanding, and supportiveness were incomparable
(as was his wit!).  
Dennis enjoyed the game of Bridge and earned the ACBL rank of ‘regional master.’ His taste in music was eclectic, and he was everyone’s favorite dance partner,
especially his wife’s.”

Loved ones of Dennis Lynch in his obituary
Dennis Patrick Lynch
Photo/family via Thompson Memorial Home

Longtime singles and doubles champion of the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, he served as its president and was recently named an honorary member. In 2000, the Asbury Park Press voted him second best player in the history of Jersey Shore tennis.

Dennis served on the Board of the Navesink House (now The Atrium CCRC) and was vice chair of the Rumson Country Day School Board. He also headed the investment sub-committee of the Meridian Health Group after years on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation.

In addition, Dennis served on the Yale Advisory Committee, and was named a Sterling Fellow. A longstanding member of the Racquet and Tennis Club of N.Y., Dennis was also a member of the Sea Bright Beach Club and Rumson Country Club.

More about Dennis Patrick Lynch …

Born in Jersey City, Dennis was a son of Thomas E. Lynch and Mary Doust Lynch. A longtime resident of Rumson, he was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. After spending a postgraduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy, Dennis earned a B.A. from Yale College in l964.

Upon completion of his service in the Coast Guard, Dennis married his former classmate, Ann Marie Blades, his “best friend for life.”

The newlyweds moved to Philadelphia where Dennis studied for his M.B.A. at Penn’s Wharton School, majoring in finance.

He became a V.P. at Smith, Barney & Co. before cofounding the investment advisory firm of Lynch and Mayer, Inc., N.Y.C., in 1976. For 20 years, L & M ranked nationally in the top quintile of large-cap investment managers. Early retirement years were partly spent in Hanover, N.H., and Essex, CT.

Throughout his school years and thereafter, Dennis pursued an outstanding athletic career, distinguishing himself on both the basketball and tennis courts.

A member of the 1962 Yale Ivy League Basketball Championship Team, Dennis was named an All-Ivy Player in 1963 and 1964, was point guard for the Navy and All-Service Teams in 1965, and was drafted by the N.Y. Knickerbockers.

Dennis was also captain of the 1964 Yale Tennis Team and of the Yale-Harvard Team that played Oxford-Cambridge in the Prentice Cup matches of that year.

He was a decades-long parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Rumson.

Dennis is predeceased by: his brother, Thomas E. Lynch, Jr.; and sister, Maureen Lynch.

Dennis is survived by: his loving wife, Ann Marie; his devoted children, Kathy L. Hale (Jon), Dennis P. Lynch, Jr. (Marshall), William T. Lynch, and Nora A. Lynch; his brother, Vincent; his grandchildren, Ted and Nick Hale, Eleanor and Coley Lynch; nieces, Perri Howard and Meghan Lynch; nephew, Nick Lynch; and several close cousins.

A mass of christian burial and a celebration of Dennis’s life will be held in July.

Donations in his name may be made to the Sisters of Mercy of NJ, Red Bank Catholic H.S. and the SLTCC Landmark Preservation Friends.

— Edited obituary provided by family to Thompson Memorial Home

In Memoriam: Rumsonite, Doctor, Coach, Dr. Ed Gangemi, 60

Rumson resident, father, basketball coach, volunteer and doctor, Edwin Michael Gangemi, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by his physician and nursing friends at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, on March 1. He was 60.

After several years living in Montclair, Ed and his wife Laura moved to Rumson, where Ed had spent summers throughout his early life. Ed treasured raising their two beloved sons, Marco and Matteo, also known as “the babies,” his family said in his obituary.

Dr. Ed Gangemi … Photo/family via John E. Day Funeral Home

“He loved being part of his sons’ active lives whether watching their games, feeding their friends, pontoon boat rides, or finding the perfect wave for surfing. 
Ed was a huge sports fan and was proud to be an RFH varsity basketball volunteer coach for a few seasons and enjoyed coaching in the Victory Park summer’s D League program … Ed loved throwing his nieces and nephews in the truck and getting a good Slurpee from the 7-Eleven. He loved swapping recipes with his sisters. He loved working his yard on the tractor. He loved boating down the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers. He loved meeting friends and players after the football and basketball games at Val’s. He loved dining under the stars at Undici after the D League games. He loved working in the neighborhood he grew up in, he loved skiing with his children and their friends. He loved his St. Bernard dogs. When he worked at the Harbor Island Spa in Long Branch, which was a health and weight loss retreat, he would sneak the old ladies hot fudge sundaes from the kitchen.
Ed was loved by so many who knew him for sense of humor, his caring nature, his generosity and his Ed-isms!

Loved ones of Ed Gangemi in his obituary

He was known to enjoy leisure time among friends and family at Surfrider Beach Club which, for him, was reminiscent of his younger days as a lifeguard and parking attendant at the Harbor Island Spa and the White Sands Beach Club in Long Branch.

He was  a member of the Navesink Country Club and Chapel Beach Club and Holy Cross Church in Rumson.

He also loved traveling to the Italian island of Sardegna, visiting the Costa Smeralda some 25 times over the years. He was fluent in Spanish and spoke Italian. 

Ed was proud of his family’s roots in Newark, where he was born and raised in the city’s Mount Prospect neighborhood. He attended the Prospect Hill Country Day School there and Newark Academy, Livingston. After graduating from Rutgers University, he packed his Volkswagen van and headed off to Mexico for medical school at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara.

Upon his return, he practiced medicine in the early years of his career with his older brother, Fred, at the same Newark office in which their physician father,Frederick, practiced for decades before them.

Ed met hiswife, Laura Blake Gangemi, when they were both working at Clara Maass. They married in 1996 and continued to work together, eventually with Ed establishing a new practice, Jersey Rehab, PA. “Over the years, this practice became his true passion and he was so proud of the people he worked with who became his work family,” his family said in his obituary.

Dr. Gangemi was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick A. Gangemi, M.D., and Agnes Rocco Gangemi.

He is survived by: his loving wife and children; and his three siblings, Frederick D. Gangemi, M.D., of Highlands, NJ, Cathleen Goode (John), of Red Bank, and Judith Green (Eliot) of Stamford, CT; and his nieces and nephews, Sarahanne (Brent), Darrin, Gianna, Tyler, Jenna, Ryan, Gabriella, Anthony, Chessa and Cash.

A private funeral service is scheduled and a celebration of Ed’s life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Ed’s favorite charity, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

— Edited obituary provided by family via John E. Day Funeral Home

In Memoriam: Rumsonite, Volunteer, Business Women’s Advocate, Mentor, Dorothy T. Bailey, 63

Longtime Rumsonite and volunteer with the borough’s PTO, Education Foundation, Holy Cross and Red Bank’s Lunch Break, Dorothy T. Bailey, lost her five-year fight against cancer on Oct. 3 at New York Tish Hospital. She was 63.

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In Memorium: Dr. Frank Bonifacio, Rumson

Dr. Frank Bonifacio, of Rumson, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 21. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Frank grew up in Keyport.

He will forever be remembered for his brilliant mind, passion for medicine and for the love of his life, Marion. Frank leaves behind a legacy of unwavering love, integrity, and passion demonstrated by his 61-year marriage to his soul mate, Marion who he was able to travel the world with and raise their two sons.

Dr. Frank Bonifacio’s obituary

From Dr. Bonifacio’s obituary …

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Time for Holy Cross Dedication

Here’s the new Holy Cross Church, here’s the steeple. Pretty soon the doors will be open and there will be people, as a Rumson twist on the classic rhyme goes.

If you drive by the revamped Holy Cross Church in Rumson, you’ll see that it’s ready for parishioners.

However, as Catholic church discipline dictates, there must first be a dedication before a Mass is celebrated in a new or rehabilitated house of worship.

That dedication will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in the gym of the school on the campus.

Read more about the church’s revamp and see old photos by clicking here. (For history, click on each of the links.)

For more about the dedication tradition, click here.

— Elaine Van Develde/photos and story

Holy Cross Reopening on Hold

“Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple
Open the door and see all the people.
Here’s the parson going upstairs,
And here he is saying his prayers.”

It isn’t quite as simple as the old finger-acted nursery rhyme goes when it comes to the restoration/expansion of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Rumson.

The church is there. The steeple is there. But, it’s not quite ready for opening the door to welcome and see all the people, according to a letter sent out to parishioners by Fr. Michael Manning a couple of weeks ago.

The delay was estimated by Fr. Manning to be a couple weeks or more. Depending on “a realistic assessment of the time needed for each subcontractor to complete their work, especially as the flooring progresses,” Fr. Manning said in his note that the postponement of the previously planned June dedication is necessary.

In addition to making certain that the tile flooring is complete, he said that “possible dates then need to be coordinated with the bishop’s office to schedule the (dedication) ceremony.”

According to Catholic church doctrine, any new church, or newly structured house of worship, must be dedicated.

And, according to an informational piece on the church’s website, this is why …

“What dedicates a church?

“It is the diocesan bishop’s responsibility to dedicate new churches in his diocese. Every church must have a titular, e.g. a canonized saint, Blessed Trinity, Our Lord Jesus Christ according to a mystery invoked in his life or a title in the Sacred Liturgy, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary or one of the angels.

“The celebration of the Eucharist with its special prayers and readings and hymns most fittingly dedicates a church along with other unique parts of the Rite of dedication

“Blessing and sprinkling of water
Prayer of dedication
Anointing of the altar and walls of the church Incensation of the altar and church
Lighting the altar and church”

For more information on the rite of dedication, click here.

“As soon as we can announce a new date, we will,” Fr. Manning said in his note. “Keep praying!”