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The Honorable Benedict Robert Nicosia, 101, passed away peacefully at home on July 9, 2022.  Judge Nicosia was born to Robert and Anna (Carotenuto) in Brooklyn, New York, and he lived in Red Bank since 1923.  He attended the Red Bank school system and earned a reputation as a lightweight boxer in his teenage years.  In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corp and served in England during World War II.  After the war, he graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University and an LL.B. from Rutgers School of Law.  Thereafter, he was admitted to the New Jersey Bar, and he joined the Quinn, Doremus, McCue, and Russell law firm. 

Judge Nicosia was a member and trustee of the Monmouth County and New Jersey Bar Associations and the County Legal Aid Society.  He served as Mayor of Red Bank for two terms from 1962-1965.  In 1978 he was appointed by-then Governor Brendan Byrne to the Superior Court of New Jersey and sat in the Family, Civil, and Criminal Divisions for 10 years, the last three years as the presiding judge of the Criminal Division.

Before he was appointed as a judge, he served as the municipal attorney for Red Bank, the Zoning/Planning Board Attorney for Keyport, Hazlet, and Millstone Township, and as an Assistant Prosecutor for Monmouth County.  Judge Nicosia retired from the bench in 1988 and joined in the McKenna, Dupont, Higgins, Stone and Washburne law firm in Red Bank as Of Counsel until he retired in 2011.  He was a past member of the Lions Club and Wheel Club of Red Bank.   He also served as the chair of the Red Bank Democrats for 25 years.  Ben was an avid golfer, amateur cook, and author of a cookbook of family recipes.  
He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years Dorothy Laura Nicosia (nee Durando) and his sister Eleanor Grande, and he is survived by his two daughters, Lauren Ann Nicosia and Mary Jacqueline Nicosia, both of Red Bank. 
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Tuesday, July 26th from 4-7pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701. 
Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740