Lawrence Davidson Sr. 

Lawrence J. Davidson Sr. passed away on Monday, Aug. 31.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, on Sept. 4, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Mr. Davidson was born in Jersey City, and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

He served in the Army Chemical Corps from 1956 until 1958 during the Korean Conflict.

Larry worked as a computer operator for PSE&G in Newark for 44 years, retiring 20 years ago.

Mr. Davidson loved the Kearny Little League where he served as a coach for many years. After he stopped coaching, he continued as an umpire.

He is survived by his wife Sarah (Johnstone) Davidson; four children, Patricia DeSousa (David) William Davidson (Catherine), Anthony Davidson, Lawrence Davidson Jr. (Casey); one sister, Mary Gaydick nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Javier Martinez Gomez 

Javier Martinez Gomez, of Kearny, died Aug. 30. He was 78.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Rosehill Cemetery, Linden.

Javier was a retired ironworker.

The husband of Maria Martinez Gutierrez, Javier is also survived by his children Roque Gutierrez, Yolanda Martinez, Guadalupe Gutierrez, Carlos Martinez and Miguel Martinez, two sisters, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

George P. Hughes 

George P. Hughes died unexpectedly Aug. 4 from the effects of a life well-lived.

George was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 15, 1935. He lived in North Arlington and Kearny before moving to Barnegat.

George served in the U.S. Navy and, as a civilian, worked for Otis Elevator Company, N.Y.

George is survived by his wife, Margaret, son Jim (Nancy), daughters, Maggie (Anthony) and Patty (Jason) and his grandchildren Brian, Andy and Becky Hughes, AJ, Connor and Tommy Savoca. He was affectionately known as “Wall Street.” His passions were his family, the N.Y. Giants and thoroughbred horse racing.

John McGinn 

John McGinn, 78, died on Monday, Aug. 31.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered on Sept. 4 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by a private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at

John was born in Scotland and came to the U.S. in 1960 and lived in North Arlington. He later moved to Kearny where he lived for many years before moving back to North Arlington in 2003. Mr. McGinn was a machinist for General Motors in Linden for many years. He was a member of the Scots-American Club in Kearny and an avid golfer. John is survived by his children Maryanne Carson (Greg), John McGinn (Luzia), Mark McGinn, and Michael McGinn and two great-grandchildren Jayden and Dylan. He was predeceased by his wife Sheila (Gallagher) McGinn; his granddaughter Julia McGinn and his sister Myra McLintock.

Clifford G. Olson 


Clifford G. Olson, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 31.

Born in Newark, he was the son of the late Edmund Olson and Mina Snowden Olson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Smith Olson who died in 2009; daughter Lynn Catherine Olson who died in 2013; and a brother, Edmund Olson.

Clifford was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired Harrison fireman, a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Franklin, N.C.; a member of the Harmony Lodge 18, F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge, Toms River; a member of the DAV-John E. Brion, Chapter 81, Forked River; and a member of the Sgt. William Sawelson-VFW Post 340, Harrison.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Franklin, N.C. The Rev. Dorrie Pratt will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Franklin, N.C. He will receive military honors conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108, Franklin, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, N.C. 28801 or The Rathbun House, Mission Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 5363, Asheville, N.C. 28813-5363 ( Macon Funeral Home in Franklin, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Maria Helena Ramos 

Maria Helena Ramos, of Kearny, passed away on Aug. 30. She was 61.

She was born in Portugal.

Arrangements were by Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Maria was the wife of the late Americo A. Ramos. She is survived by her daughter Paula Ramos Santiago and her husband Reinaldo; her siblings Jose Candido Fernandes, Manuel Fausto Fernandes, Celestino Fernandes, Manuel Antonio Fernandes, Adalcina Fernandes and Agostino Fernandes; and her grandchildren Gabriel and Isabella, along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mental Health Association of N.J., 88 Pompton Ave., Verona, N.J. 07044. njconnect@

Margaret A. Reilly 

Margaret A. Reilly, 70, of Kearny, passed away suddenly at home of natural causes on Friday, Aug. 28.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet at St. Cecilia’s Church, 120 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Saturday, Sept. 12, for a funeral Mass beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

She was born in Jersey City and grew up in Lyndhurst, where she graduated from high school on the Creditable List. She moved to Kearny in 1964.

Margaret was a talented artist and avid collector of music and movies. She was a devout Catholic and a regular visitor to all the local parishes. She loved her family, the church and her extraordinary neighbors. She enjoyed several seniors’ organizations, bingo, flea markets and garage sales. She made friends everywhere she went; once she met you, you had a friend for life.

Margaret was the beloved daughter of the late Frank and Peggie Reilly; sister of James and his wife Mercy, Rosemary Siegel, Frank Reilly (deceased), Elizabeth Keller, and Elenor Reilly. She was the thoughtful and caring aunt of 12 nieces and nephews, grand-aunt to 18, and great-grand-aunt to one. She also leaves behind her cherished pet fish Teto.

The Reilly family would like to express its appreciation to the community for the many kindnesses extended to Margaret, especially the Kearny Police Department and the Harrison Fire Department, as well as the Dolaghan brothers, who kept a benevolently watchful eye out for her safety. Our heartfelt thanks go out to St. Cecilia’s Church and Mount Carmel Guild for their wonderful care of Margaret for over 50 years.

In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness in Margaret’s memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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