By JOHN T. WARD
He was 101 years old.
He also was a longtime leader of the borough’s Democratic party; an assistant Monmouth County prosecutor; and served as a Superior Court Judge in Freehold.
Mayor Pasquale Menna has ordered municipal flags to be lowered in Nicosia’s honor.
“I extend the sympathy and condolences of all our residents who remembered the always smiling and gracious judge,” Menna wrote in a Facebook post.
According to a Two River Times profile, Nicosia was born in Brooklyn on December 30, 1920, and moved with his family to Red Bank in 1923.
He graduated from Red Bank High School (now Red Bank Regional High) in 1939, and was inducted into the RBR Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
A World War II veteran, Nicosia served in the Army’s Signal Corps in England, and later earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Rutgers, according to his obituary.
In 1978 he was appointed by Governor Brendan Byrne to the Superior Court and sat in the family, civil, and criminal divisions for 10 years, the last three as the presiding judge of the criminal division.
After retiring from the bench, he joined the law firm now known as McKenna, Dupont, Higgins, Stone and Washburne, headed by one of his successors as mayor, Ed McKenna.
Nicosia’s wife of 71 years, the former Dorothy Durando, died in 2017. They are survived by daughters Lauren, who serves as chairwoman of the borough zoning board, and Mary, clinic director at the Parker Family Health Center.
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