Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Congressman Recalled as Devoted Public Servant Whose 'Life Spoke Volumes'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Congressman Recalled as Devoted Public Servant Whose 'Life Spoke Volumes'

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WAYNE -- Former Rep. Robert A. Roe was remembered Monday as a quintessential public servant who, in a niece's words, "worked weekends and holidays to get the job done."

Some 100 people attended the funeral at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Wayne, where Roe launched a political career after his World War II Army service.

Roe, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress and pushed through crucial transportation, public works and clean-water legislation. He died last Tuesday at 90.

"Congressman Roe was a man of not many words. He kept it simple, direct and to the point," the Rev. Mark Mancini, who had been Roe's parish priest in Rockaway Township, said in his eulogy.

Out of respect, Mancini said he was keeping his remarks short and simple, too.

"His life spoke volumes," Mancini said, calling Roe "a good Christian politician" faithful to his principles.

It was up to Cherie Roe to sketch a portrait of her bachelor uncle. Robert Roe loved traveling and gardening -- he was especially fond of planting tulips -- "and his contributions as a lifelong public servant were very important to him," she told mourners, including Rep. …

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