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In Memoriam: Longtime Little Silver Resident, Em Lawes, 99

Em lived a long and inspiring life. When people asked for her secret to longevity, she would always say, ‘Just keep moving.‘” ~ family of Em Lawes

Longtime Little Silver resident, Eleanor “Em” Jones Lawes, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on Dec. 28 “after a day surrounded by family.” She was 99.

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Memorial Services Set for Former Longtime Rumsonite, Don Devine, 89

Former longtime Rumsonite, Donald Joseph Devine, more recently of Little Silver, passed peacefully on Sept. 19. He was 89, “at home, surrounded by loved ones, especially the love of his life, Denise Broderick Devine, his bride of nearly 60 years.”

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Focus: Rumson Country Clubbing for the Non-Profit Stephy’s Place Cause

Rumson Country Club was appropriately purpled out and primed for bolstering the efforts of a good cause on Saturday night with a gala to benefit Stephy’s Place: A Support Center for Grief and Loss.

Hundreds gathered at the Club’s Riverhouse to celebrate the anniversary fo the support center founded in 2015 by Sheila Martello-Diorio, a woman who believed strongly that anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one should not have to navigate the journey alone.

More than 300 supporters celebrated the anniversary while raising funds for Stephy’s Place to continue its work. There was entertainment, gift, trip, autographed celebrity memorabilia, designer handbag and jewelry and sporting event ticket auctions, and food, drink, dancing and mingling.

Take a look at the above photo gallery, courtesy of Stephy’s Place, for a glimpse into the evening. (Be sure to CLICK on ONE photo to enlarge and scroll!) Who’s who? Who do you recognize?

About Stephy’s Place …

For more than six years, Stephy’s Place, headquartered in Red Bank, has operated as a non-profit 501 (C)3 organization offering free support services to anyone surviving grief and loss.

Stephy’s Place currently offers 52 support groups, a resource center and mindful meditation to support more than 500 people who currently use the services.

The proceeds from Saturday’s Rumson Country Club gala will benefit the Marion Fitzgerald and Kevin Keelen Endowment Fund to support the operation of Stephy’s Place.

— Photos/courtesy of Stephy’s Place

For more information on Stephy’s Place, 210 West Front St., Red Bank, or to make a tax deductible donation, call 732-614-1142 or visit the website at www.stephysplace.org.

Memorial Services for Rumson’s Bob Jones Set

Bob Jones, of Rumson, passed away on Aug. 16. Photo/courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home
Bob Jones, of Rumson, passed away on Aug. 16.
Photo/courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home

Services are set for Monday for Rumson’s Robert (Bob) S. Jones, Jr., former president of Rumson Country Club Board and trustee of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, who died Sunday, Aug. 16, after a losing a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74.

His obituary on the Thompson Memorial Home website, says …

Born in Baltimore, Bob attended Lower Merion High School where he met the love of his life, Sharon. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1959 to 1962.

A 1987 graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University,having earned both his CLU designation (1971) and ChFC degree(1982), he got his undergraduate degree in economics from Gettysburg College in 1965.

In the summer of 1965, Bob began his 42-year career with AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (formerly The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S.), serving as an advisor, district and agency manager, and in the company’s marketing and retail operations as well as executive vice president, head of Retail and chairman of company advisors.


Bob had myriad professional and community affiliations. He was president of the Pittsburgh Life Underwriters, president of the Agency Round Table, a board member of the LUTC, president of Equitable’s Management Association, and a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Bob was also a board member of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, served on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and the U.S.O. of Metropolitan New York, and was a trustee emeritus of Gettysburg College.

He was a member of: the Pittsburgh Field Club, where he served as a board member from 1980-84; Rumson Country Club, where he served as a board member from 2000-06, and president from 2003-06; the Sailfish Point Foundation, the Sailfish Point Golf Board and the Sailfish Point Marina Board; the Medalist Golf Club and the Stone Harbor Golf Club.

After retiring, Bob enjoyed golfing, bird hunting, fishing and thoroughbred racehorse ownership, his latest hobby.

“As part of ABL Stables (formerly BDL Stables), Bob found tremendous joy in each and every racehorse he owned,” his obituary said. “Bob was also a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, never giving up his season tickets even after he moved to New Jersey. However, Bob’s greatest happiness came from his family. He became known around town as “Big Bob” shortly after his first grandchild was born.

“Bob made an impact on everyone around him, with his zest for life, his kindness and his generosity. He will be forever missed by the numerous people whose lives he touched.”

Bob is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Sharon Jones, of Rumson; his daughter, Kelly DalPra and husband Kenny, of Rumson; his daughter, Kirsten Ward, and husband Chris, of Fair Haven; his daughter Ashley Jones and Sue Dillon of Fair Haven; and his son, Matt Jones and wife Elaine, of Fair Haven; his eight grandchildren, Robert, Klayton, Kyle, Marin, Brayden, Liam, May and Milo; his brother, Elliot Jones and wife Melanie, of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank.

A memorial Mass will follow on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, 1-800-227-2345 or online at www.cancer.org/donate.