Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Their Passing in 2013 Left Jersey the Poorer

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Their Passing in 2013 Left Jersey the Poorer

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They were New Jersey originals: the savvy, Paterson-bred businessman who parlayed his fortune into a long and renowned career as a U.S. senator, and the kid from Park Ridge who bounced around as a bartender before finding his niche as an actor and the role of a lifetime in Tony Soprano.

Frank Lautenberg, who lived to 89, and James Gandolfini, cut down by a heart attack at 51, were among the notable and intriguing North Jerseyans who died in 2013, a list that also includes a pop psychologist, a World Series pitching hero and a courageous 10-year- old who rallied a community.

A look back at those we lost:

Roger Bowne, 68, on Oct. 18. For decades, this rugged machinist donned miniskirts and stylish blouses and walked to and fro in Pompton Lakes. Cross-dressing made him a local legend.

Joyce Brothers, 85, on May 13. The pop psychologist, a longtime Fort Lee resident, pioneered the TV advice show and wrote a long- running newspaper column.

Staff Sgt. Eric Christian, 39, on May 4. The Ramsey High School graduate was killed in Afghanistan's Farah province on his fifth overseas tour with the Marines.

Maryann Collins, 76, on Nov. 3. The Hackensack University Medical Center nurse received national honors for her work with HIV and AIDS patients.

John Fahy, 58, on July 17. He was Bergen County prosecutor in the early '90s.

Michael Feeney, 10, on Nov. 29. The plucky fifth-grader inspired his hometown of Ridgewood while battling bone cancer and was sworn in as honorary police chief. The "Little Chief" received a funeral with full police honors.

Ella Filippone, 78, on June 21. As founder of the Passaic River Coalition, the Lyndhurst native devoted her life to cleaning up the river that snakes through industrial northern New Jersey.

James Gandolfini, 51, on June 19. The burly actor from Park Ridge will forever be remembered as mob boss, family man and therapy patient Tony Soprano. He starred in HBO's "The Sopranos" over six seasons and had shining moments, too, on Broadway and in movies.

Ralph Golzio, 103, on Jan. 13. Mr. Golzio was possibly the last person with memories of the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. His mother helped lead the watershed work stoppage and brought 3-year-old Ralph to organizing meetings at what is now the Botto House in Haledon.

Osibee Jelks, 83, on June 18. Mr. Jelks, a Bergen County resident much of his life, was the second African-American umpire in organized professional baseball. He quit the game in 1968 after failing to win a promotion to the big leagues.

Wilson R. Kaplen, 95, on June 16. The North Jersey philanthropist gave millions to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, the Jewish Community Center in Tenafly and other institutions.

Johnny Kucks, 81, on Oct. 31. Pitching for the Yankees, the slender right-hander won Game 7 of the 1956 World Series, fanning the Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson for the last out. …

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