2004-06-16 / Obituaries
Dr. Benjamin Richmond
Dr. Richmond, 83, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Freehold, died May 31 at home. He moved to Boynton Beach in October 2003, after retiring from his Freehold medical practice of 55 years, an office that had been his childhood home. A graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and the Philadelphia College of Medicine, he was an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), Stratford, who began his career at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. In 1970, he became the first physician to admit a patient at CentraState Medical Center (formerly Freehold Area Hospital), where he remained on staff until September 2003. From 1970 until 1986, he was the chairman of CentraState’s Department of Family Practice. Board certified in both family practice and geriatrics, he was a member of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons; the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians; the American Geriatrics Society; the American Osteopathic Association; and the American College of Family Physicians. Until 1996, he was also a staff physician at Freehold Racetrack for many years. Dr. Richmond was predeceased by a sister, Esther. Surviving are his wife, Rhoda Hamerling Richmond of Boynton Beach; a daughter, Lisa Richmond of Los Angeles; a son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Roberta Richmond of Lakewood; and two grandchildren. The funeral service was held at Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Temple Beth El Cemetery, Neptune. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palm Meadow Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.
Robert N. Ferrell
Mr. Ferrell, 76, of Freehold Township, died June 4 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Matawan, he had lived in Freehold for most of his life and was a member of First Baptist Church of Freehold. A graduate of Freehold High School, he had also attended the Newark School of Fine Arts. Mr. Ferrell was the owner of Freehold Sign Service, now known as Ferrell Signs, and Bob Ferrell Scoring Systems, both in Freehold Township. He traveled extensively to various golf tournaments to supervise his patented scoring system and designed tournament scoring systems with Jack Nicklaus. For more than 25 years, Mr. Ferrell was the Freehold Township tax collector. He was the executive director of the Monmouth County Heritage Committee and the Monmouth County Historical Commission; superintendent of Monmouth County Elections and commissioner of registration; chairman of the Freehold Township Republican County Executive Committee and the Freehold Township 275th Anniversary Celebration; a member of the Monmouth and Ocean County Collectors and Assessors Association, the New Jersey State Tax Collectors Association and the Monmouth County Men’s Affiliated Republican Club, where he had served as president for two years; past president of the Freehold Township Republican Club; chairman of the Monmouth County Statue of Liberty Gala; a close adviser to former Monmouth County Republican Chairman Benjamin H. Danskin; a member of the Battleground Historical Society, the Freehold Township Historical Society and the Freehold Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris fellow; former member of the Western Monmouth Exchange Club; an honorary Monmouth County deputy sheriff; former chairman of the Freehold Area Hospital (now CentraState Medical Center) Charity Ball; and member of the Bricktown Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla No. 22. Mr. Ferrell was predeceased in 1998 by his wife, Caroline A. Ferrell. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert N. Jr. and Nancy Ferrell of Raleigh, N.C., and Thomas Jon and Deborah Ferrell of Freehold Township; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin Lee and Paul Lemesevski, and Lori Lynn and Bruce Walck, all of Freehold; his mother-in-law, Pearl E. Zbranak of Freehold Township; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan. Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, New Jersey Chapter, P.O. Box 214, Elizabeth 07207.
Raymond William Rafferty Sr.
Mr. Rafferty, 84, died June 1 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Middletown, Conn., he had resided in Milltown, East Brunswick and Sarasota, Fla., before moving to Howell in 1994. For 28 years, he was a traffic manager for Chicopee Inc., Milltown. He then worked for five years as a traffic manager for GTE Sylvania, Bordentown, retiring in 1984. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a former communicant of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, North Brunswick. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2370, East Brunswick; a third degree member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 3, Middletown (Conn.); and a member of the Raritan Traffic Club and the Delta Alpha Fraternity, both located in New Brunswick. Mr. Rafferty was predeceased in 1994 by his wife, Ann Sakash Rafferty. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond W. Jr. and Debbie Rafferty of Wall Township, and Kevin and Denise Rafferty of Milltown; a daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Phil Williams of Howell; three sisters, Grace Oranski of Cromwell, Conn., Margaret Enright of Middletown and Marie Gonzalez of South Plainfield; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home, East Brunswick, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Church. Interment took place at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown. Memorial donations may be made to the World War II Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766; or the East Brunswick Elks, P.O. Box 120, East Brunswick 08816.
Samuel S. Sagotsky
Mr. Sagotsky, 95, of Freehold died June 1 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Freehold, he was a lifelong resident and had been an attorney in Freehold. A graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, he received his juris doctor degree in 1932 from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., and was admitted in 1933 to the New Jersey Bar Association. From 1940-50, he served as counsel to the borough of Freehold Planning Board. He was municipal attorney for the borough of Roosevelt and township of Manalapan from 1945-50, as well as for Freehold Township and Freehold Borough. He was also twice elected to the Freehold Borough Council. From 1970-81, he served as attorney for the Board of Adjustment in Colts Neck. He presided over the municipal courts of Freehold from 1960-64 and from 1980-83, as well as those in Colts Neck from 1970-75. He was a member of the New Jersey and Monmouth County bar associations, the Rutgers Club and the Harvard Law School Association; a member of the Freehold Chamber of Commerce; a former trustee of CentraState Medical Center; and a former U.S. Conciliation Commissioner in Bankruptcy. Surviving are his wife, Beatrice Turetsky Sagotsky; two sons, Robert A. Sage of Greenville, N.C., and Ronald W. Sage of Manasquan; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Jerry Hoffman of Boca Raton, Fla.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at the Hebrew Benefit Society Cemetery, Freehold, with Rabbi Kenneth Greene officiating. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Marie McLaren
Ms. McLaren, 74, of Manalapan, died June 3 at Pine Brook Care Center, Manalapan. Born in Freehold, she had lived in Keansburg and in Oxon Hill, Md., before returning to the Freehold area. She worked for the Association for Retarded Citizens, Long Branch, retiring in 1998. She was also a devoted animal lover. She was predeceased by her parents, James W. and Marie Curran McLaren; and a brother and sister, James C. McLaren and Evelyn McLaren Guensch. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Everett S. and Eva Lou McLaren of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews. Services were private, with Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, in charge of arrangements.