Knights in Memoriam

Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed; through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace in company with Christ and may they rejoice in your Kingdom.

Robert L. Gorman (August 2018)

Robert L. Gorman, 90, River Edge, New Jersey, passed away on August 27th, 2018 at Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River, NJ.

Robert (Bob) was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 26th, 1928 to Anna and Eugene Gorman.

Bob entered the NAVY during WWII and after spending four years serving his country, he returned home and married his loving wife Joyce on May 27th, 1951.

A 1957 graduate of NYU, Bob went on to have a distinguished career with Merrill Lynch in New York City, eventually working his way up to Vice President before retiring after 57 years. An active member of his community, Bob spent many years coaching little league, was a 60+ year member of St. Peter's Church, as well as a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus. His family will lovingly remember many a 4th of July holiday where he would proudly march with his fellow Knights in the town of River Edge parade, always stopping to wave to his grandchildren who were always awaiting his arrival, with flags in hand.

Although his love for sports started early and he was an accomplished athlete in high school, his passion for golf, especially, flourished later in life and he spent many mornings at area courses, always in the company of his sons and close friends. He enjoyed watching football with family and spent many years as an annual ticket holder for one of his favorite teams, the New York Giants. This love for sports was passed along to both his children and grandchildren and it will continue to serve as a bond for his family.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Anna and Eugene, his brother, Eugene Gorman, and his son, John Gorman.

Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce (Heinzerling) Gorman; his daughter Kathie Barrera, his sons Paul Gorman (Theresa), Timothy Gorman (Nancy) and daughter-in-law Robin Webster (John) as well as his three brothers, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and his beloved rescue dog, Coco.

William T. Tobias (July 2018)

Tinton Falls - William T. Tobias, 83, of Tinton Falls, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Mr. Tobias was born and raised in Woodside, Queens, the only child of the late William T. and Sarah (Bowen) Tobias. He was a resident of River Edge, N.J., for many years, where he raised his family. In 1998 he moved to Four Seasons at Wall, and in 2012, to Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls. He was a graduate of Fordham University. While studying there, he began working for Western Electric, and would go on to a distinguished career in accounting with the Western Electric/Bell Telephone/A.T.&T. organization. He was always an active community member, having served as President of the River Edge Swim Club, active member of the pool at Four Seasons, and overseeing the screening of movies at Seabrook. He was also a devout Catholic, having been a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and having done longtime volunteer work for the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

Mr. Tobias was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Fitzsimons). He is survived by his wife, Fran (Mangan). He is also survived by his children, William J. Tobias, of Hoboken, Clare Ditrio and her husband Nicholas, of Tenafly, and Colin Tobias, of Hoboken, and his stepchildren, Patrick Dunican, and his wife Anne, of Haddon Heights, N.J., John Dunican, and his wife Kathleen, of Danville, CA, and Mary Fran Ullman, of Farmingdale, N.J. Also surviving are his 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

John J. Jennings (April 2018)

John J. Jennings, 84, of River Edge formerly of County Galway, Ireland passed away on April 4, 2018. Beloved husband of Kathleen (Nee Gilligan). Devoted father of Mary Tyler (Gary), Julie Brennan (Bob), Catherine Broesler (Kevin), John Jennings (Colleen) and Brendan Jennings (Christina). Loving grandfather of Tara, Greg, Ryan, Breanna, Sean, Neeve, Brendan, Erin, Caitlin, Melissa, Caroline, Bobby, Courtney, Samantha, Kiera and Cassidy. Dear brother of Mary Kate, Bridie, Liam and Peter. Predeceased by his grandson John, brother Michael Joe and sister Nora. John was a member of the Bergen Irish for over 30 years. (John was a third degree Knight joining Council 5015 on May1st, 1971.)

William E. Thomas, Jr. (March 2018)

William E. Thomas, Jr., 80, of River Edge, passed away on Saturday, March 17 2018. He leaves behind to mourn his passing, his beloved daughter Maureen and her husband Edward Joel. His cherished grandchildren Patrick, Anne, and Margaret. His brother Richard and sister Peggy. Predeceased, by his sister Patricia.

William was born in Jersey City, NJ to Mae (Smith) and William E. Thomas. He worked as a bus driver for NJ Transit retiring in 1997. He was a devoted member of the Knights of Columbus, MSGR. Burke Council #5015, River Edge. Bill was a faithful parishioner of St. Peter's Church. He was a longtime friend of the American Legion Post, River Edge and enjoyed coaching for their Baseball Teams.

Donald J. Dunleavy (March 2018)

Dunleavy, Donald J. age 84 a 62 year resident of River Edge and born and raised in Bay Ridge Brooklyn died Saturday, March 10, 2018. Beloved husband of Joan (nee) Edwards. Devoted father of Charles Dunleavy and his wife Robin, Robert Dunleavy and Diane Dunleavy. Loving grandfather of Amanda, Olivia and Hope. Don is survived by his brother Edward and his wife Virginia. He was predeceased by his sisters Marie and Loretta. He will always be remembered by his many loving family members and friends. Don worked for many years as a manager at AT&T. He was a longtime, devoted parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle RC Church where he was a Cornerstone participant and then led a parish group to launch similar programs at sister churches in NJ. Don was proud to be involved with the Boy Scouts of America as he believed "The youth must be served." He began his involvement in scouting 1968 with Troop 184. He continued as Scout Master, Committee Chairman and Unit Commissioner, earning various recognitions and proud of the many scouts he worked with along the way. He was honored as Grand Marshall in the River Edge 4th of July parade. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Robert William Stewart (November 2017)

Robert William Stewart, age 82, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed on November 6, 2017. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Stewart (nee Keough). Loving father of his three children Dawn Stewart, Kelly Cue and her husband Kenneth, and Robert Stewart and his seven grandchildren Deborah, Brooke and Taylor Majkowicz, Maxwell and Cassidy Cue and Beth and Robert Stewart III. Robert is also survived by his sister Maureen Carlin and her husband Daniel, and his nephews Brian Carlin and his wife Jessica and Andrew Carlin and his wife Nicole.

Robert was born in New York City and lived in Saddle Brook for the past 50 years. He was a Sheet Metal Worker of Local #28 in New York. Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5015 River Edge.

Thomas Gale (November 2017)

Thomas Gale, 81, of River Edge since 1962, died peacefully on November 18, 2017. Beloved husband of Bruni (nee Gomez). Devoted father of Lisa, Andrew, Christine and son-in-law Gary. Cherished grandfather of Cara, Austin, Anthony P., Anthony G., Alex and Peter. Dear brother of Al Gale and his wife Miriam. Predeceased by his son, Anthony and a sister, Mary Gale.

William Doane Watkins (October 2017)

William Doane Watkins, 74, of River Edge, died October 17, 2017. He leaves behind to mourn his passing, his beloved wife of 48 years, and former River Edge Mayor, Margaret "Peggy" (neé Falahee), his devoted children, Will, Matt and his wife Andrea, Kirby and his wife Jessica, and Maggie, and his cherished grandchildren, Liam, Gabe and Benjamin. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bill was born in North Tonawanda, NY to Evalyn (neé Doane) and Joseph W. Watkins. After graduating Georgetown School of Foreign Service, he served as an Army Captain in the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge, William earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was President of Arnet Consulting of River Edge. Bill was active in politics and a member of the Republican Club. He was a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Burke Council #5015, member of Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion Sgt. Walter Scott Brown Post #226, Caldroney-Klaiber-Frost VFW Post #876, Ancient Order of Hibernians Bergen Council #32, and Bergen Irish Association, Dumont.