James Clifford Brierley

James Clifford Brierley died on July 4. He and his family had celebrated his 95TH birthday last April. James was born and grew up in Harrison but lived most of his life in Kearny; he recently moved to Vermont to live with his daughter. He leaves behind, Helen his beloved wife of 70 years, his son, James Clifford; his daughter Carol Moore; three granddaughters, Kimberly and her husband Timothy Nolan, Melissa Brierley and Kaitlyn Brierley, and a new great-granddaughter, Colleen Nolan. \James was a World War II veteran and was awarded a Bronze Star in addition to several other citations. He retired from the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York after more than 30 years of distinguished service. He was known and respected as a compassionate man; he will be greatly missed.

A family service was held in Massachusetts.

Robert Edward Bryden

Robert Edward Bryden, 79, of Kearny, died on Saturday July 20, at Christ Hospital, Jersey City.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, on Wednesday, July 24, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Born in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Bob lived in Kearny for the last 25 years.

He graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan, N.Y., received his B.A. in Mathematics from Manhattan College and later earned his M.A. in Industrial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1963.

Bob was an industrial engineer for many years at several pharmaceutical companies. He later was a driver for Barney Limousine in Kearny for many years before retiring in 2004.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years Ellen (Seremba); his sons Robert Jr. (Linda); Joseph (Kellie) and Peter (Grace); siblings Mary Bryden, Richard (Ronnie) and Thomas (Maureen); grandchildren Reanna Bryden,Grant Bryden and Tommy Mongno.

Bob also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Noriko Bryden; mother-in-law Irene Seremba; sisters-in-law Margaret Seremba; Seton Brown (Jim), brother-in-law Tom (Jessa) and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his son James Bryden and his parents Thomas and Winifred (O’Neil) Bryden.

Angela Staniewicz

Angela Staniewicz, 88, passed away on July 20.

Arrangements were by the Condon Memorial Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held in Holy Cross Church, Harrison, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mrs. Staniewicz was born in New York City and resided in Harrison for 77 years. She worked for many years at Engelhard Industries in East Newark, in the precious metals department. She attended Holy Cross School, Harrison High School, and Drake Business School in Newark. She was a member of the Holy Cross Senior Citizens, and the Rosary and Vincention societies of Holy Cross Church in Harrison.

She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Staniewicz. She was the mother of Ted J. Staniewicz (Mary), Peggy Wolfe (James), and Sharon Rygiel (Anthony); also surviving are her grandchildren, Jennifer Rygiel Boyd, Courtney McShane, Keith Rygiel, Jamie Onnembo, Craig Rygiel, Daniel Staniewicz, Kristin Staniewicz, and James Staniewicz, and her great-grandchildren, Sean Boyd, Kayla McShane, and Mackenzie Boyd.

Robert Titterington

Robert Titterington 75, of North Arlington, died on July 26 at Clara Mass Medical Center, Belleville.

Visiting will be at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Religious services will be at 7 p.m.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Mr. Titterington lived in North Arlington for the past 45 years. Before retiring, he worked at Worthington Pump as a heat treater/blacksmith for 35 years. He was also a longtime member of Kings Court, Lyndhurst.

He is the father of Derek Titterington (Louise), grandfather of Luke and Sophie.

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James V. ‘G.G.’ Turro Sr.

James V. “ G.G.” Turro Sr. entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 24, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82 years old.

Born in Newark, James was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He was a fire captain for the Town of Harrison Fire Department for many years. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth (neeTighe) (married 63 years), he issurvived by his loving children, Margaret Diaz and her husband Tino, Teresa Davis and her husband Rich, Catharine and James V. Turro Jr.; Dear siblings, Cecilia Rosamelia, Stephen and Michael Turro; cherished grandchildren, Kelly, Rob, Kira, Shannon, Nicholas, Catherine and James, III; great-grandchildren Evan and Peyton; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Ralph, Charles, Peter, Antoinette Kondek and Claire Stanzione.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison. His entombment took place at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family. please visit

The family kindly requests donations to Harrison Fireman’s Relief Association in care of the funeral Home In loving memory of James.

The Observer Staff