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Daily Record reports that Superior Court Judge Edward V. Gannon, who served on the bench in Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties since 1991, died Tuesday evening at Morristown Medical Center after suffering a head injury from a fall last week outside a deli in Boonton.

“We’re lucky to have loved him and to be loved by him,” James Gannon, the judge’s younger brother, said Wednesday morning. “He died surrounded by his loving family and the Gannon family would like to thank everyone for the love and support we have received.”

James Gannon said his brother, 63, was on a set of steps outside a delicatessen in Boonton on Friday and fell backward on a step, striking his head.  The accident was witnessed, Gannon said, adding that family members will likely never know whether there was a medical reason for the fall or why it occurred. The judge was on a ventilator at Morristown Medical Center since Friday, was removed from all life support Tuesday, and died, Gannon said.

He said the judge had a close relationship with his sons, Rory and Mike, and often got together with them, his two brothers, James and Kevin, and their families for activities such as Knicks games, skeet shooting, bobsledding at Lake Placid, or singing Irish ballads during meals.  James Gannon said the family is preparing for its annual St. Patrick’s Day party in March.

“Eddie will be there, just not in person,” he said. One of his brother’s thoughtful attributes, he said, was finding and giving items to people that he thought would give them a spark of happiness — like an old Boy Scout medal he came across and thought would have sentimental value to a particular person.

“He was very thoughtful and he liked people,” Gannon said.

Funeral arrangements are in the process of being made but tentatively will involve a viewing on Friday at Codey-Mackey Funeral Home in Boonton, followed by a funeral mass on Saturday.

Gannon was tenured as a Superior Court judge in 1998 and has handled civil, criminal and family division matters in Sussex and Morris counties and also spent many years on the bench in Passaic County. While handling juvenile matters in Morris in the 1990s, Gannon took a strong interest in deterring youths from lives of crime, including through a juvenile labor assistance program called PASS.


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