Jay W. Demarest

Jay W. Demarest, age 92 of Middletown, NJ, passed away on May 4, 2024.

Jay is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Carol; his children Chris Demarest, Caryn Demarest (Jeff Hicks), Colleen (Shaun) Figueroa; his stepchildren Laurie (Bill) Anderson, John (Sharon) Kettyle; his grandchildren Junelle, Jayden, Jaxon, Dante, Christopher, Michael, Matt, Alexandra and Garrett.

Thomas W. Doran, Jr.

Thomas William Doran, Jr. (Tom) was called home to God on May 15, 2024, at 78 years old, after a courageous battle with cancer, fought with positivity and grace. He passed as he wished, at home with family by his side.

Tom was born to Mary A. (nee Skroski) Doran and Thomas W. Doran on November 20, 1945, in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in Newark and Monroe Township, New Jersey, and he attended Jamesburg High School. He is a proud alumnus of Monmouth University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in High Elementary Education in 1967 and his Master of Science in Elementary Education in 1972. He resided in Wanamassa, Ocean Township.

Thomas J. Philburn

The Jersey Shore has lost one of its most esteemed and beloved residents with the passing of Thomas Joseph Philburn, affectionately known as Tom, TJ, dad, uncle, brother, Captain, and Poppop on May 9, 2024.

Born on a crisp, wintery Thursday December day in 1954, in Middletown, New Jersey to Marion Hunt and William Philburn. Tom was born, raised and lived most of his days in New Jersey. His life and legacy deeply interwoven within the communities he loved and served in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Tom’s early years were shared with his siblings, Laura, and Helen being a loving, kind, and protective older brother. His journey began with the Boy Scouts, leading him to St. James in Red Bank, graduating from Red Bank Catholic High School in 1973. Briefly becoming a lifeguard along the Jersey Shore. His thirst for adventure and sailing led him to become a Petty Officer in the US Navy.

Charles "C.J." Joseph Laveratt III

Charles Joseph Laveratt III, 61 of West Long Branch, passed away May 11, 2024. C.J. was a beloved father, boyfriend, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. 

C.J. was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Robert E. Laveratt, and his brother, Robert H. Laveratt. Surviving are his children, Robert P. Laveratt III, Sarah Laveratt and her fiance, Ricardo Santos; his loving girlfriend, Tricia Russo; his sisters Nancie Laveratt Byrnes and Sharon Laveratt; his nephews Grant Williams and Patrick Byrnes. C.J. is also survived by a plethora of cousins from the Murphy, Marks, Kirk and Cooney families. 

Gertrude "Trudy" Lane

Trudy Lane passed away peacefully at home on May 11th, 2024. She was born on November 21st, 1946, in Long Branch, NJ, to Verna and Webbie Lane. Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, Lee T. Cook, and her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Carol (Paul) White and Janet Colmorgen, as well as nieces, nephews, stepchildren, and many dear friends.

Mary Madeline Muise

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Mary Madeline Muise announce her passing on May 5, 2024 in Fair Haven, New Jersey, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.  

Madeline was born on February 10, 1943, in Albany, New York to William L. Riley and Margaret Hoffman Riley. Madeline was the eldest of three children. Madeline graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Madeline had a passion for the arts and music and excelled in drama, forensics and piano in high school and college. After college, Madeline moved to Boston where she met her beloved husband of 59 years, Richard W. Muise. Madeline and Richard shortly thereafter moved to Fair Haven, New Jersey in 1972 where they made a beautiful home and raised their daughters Deborah Moore and Pamela Kane.

Kathleen T. Gahn

Kathleen T. Gahn, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and stepmother, entered the near presence of God on May 5, 2024, at the age of 84, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. 

Born and raised in Geneva, New York, Kathleen's life was marked by adventure, faith and spirit. She was a true lover of nature, with a special affinity for birds. Until the pandemic, she actively participated in church activities and was a member of the Monmouth Civic Chorus and her Tower Hill Church choir where she was a member for 36 years. It was at the Monmouth Boat Club where she met her husband, Donald of Rumson, NJ, with whom she shared 28 years of marriage.

Rafik E. Abboud

Rafik Abboud, “Son of Egypt” lived a true American Dream, resided in Tinton Falls, NJ, and passed away in May 2024. Born in Egypt to Louise and Elie Abboud, Rafik embarked on a remarkable journey that touched the lives of many.
Rafik immigrated to the United States with nothing but determination and a dream. His smile and charisma warmed your heart, welcomed you in, and undoubtedly left a wonderful impression. Rafik will be remembered as selfless and kind, even putting the needs of strangers ahead of his own.
Rafik's greatest legacy lies in the lessons he imparted to those around him. He taught love, forgiveness, meaning, kindness, and the importance of striving for excellence in one's passions. Family was the cornerstone of Rafik's life, and his devotion to his wife Mona, son Michael, daughter Michelle, and his five grandchildren knew no bounds.

Anne Beekman Cornwell Smith

Anne Beekman Cornwell Smith

October 1938 to April 2024

Anne Beekman Cornwell Smith was born in 1938, raised in Little Silver New Jersey and graduated from Red Bank High School in 1957.

She attended Goucher College and graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in 1960. 

While Anne told everyone her first job was catching crabs in the Shrewsbury River off Point Road in Little Silver and selling them to her neighbors, she first officially worked at the Beekman Orchard in Middletown.  From there she was the assistant to the comptroller at the Garden State Parkway, retiring in 2003.

Clyde L. MacKenzie, Jr.

Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr., of Fair Haven, NJ passed away peacefully on April 29, 2024. He was 92 years old.

Clyde was born June 4th, 1931 on Martha’s Vineyard, MA to Clyde L. MacKenzie and Ruth Guilford MacKenzie. Clyde grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, where he graduated from high school. He was on the basketball team and enjoyed “The Glory Years” of Vineyard school basketball. Clyde worked on farms and enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved dog, a Scottish Terrier mix named Shorty. He worked his way through college harvesting shellfish on Martha’s Vineyard.

Sean Townshend Black

Sean Townshend Black, 32, of West Long Branch, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2024 from Cardio-Renal Syndrome, a complication of his End-Stage Renal Disease, after an 18-year struggle with Type 1 Diabetes, depression and drug addiction.

Despite his ongoing health battles, he was consistent with his love for the things about which he was passionate. He was a tall, magnificent hugger who loved all things historic, reading, debating politics, animals, mini golf, the beach, his nieces and nephews, and having fun with his entire extended family, particularly during our annual trips to LBI. Sean was a brave person who cared deeply about human rights, passionately defended his principles, and stood up for people in need.

Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740