CRANFORD - Earlier Tuesday morning, honorary Cranford police officer Raymond Schwartz passed away at the age of 15. 

Son of Stacy & Raymond Schwartz, Raymond, was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer known as Glioblastoma 15 months ago. Unfortunately, it was recently determined by Raymond’s doctors that treatments have been ineffective. Raymond attended Cranford High School and just recently celebrated his 15th birthday.

Dr. Scott Rubin, Superintendent of Cranford Public Schools, passed along the following email to the community:

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It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to inform you that one of our ninth grade students, Raymond Schwartz Jr., passed away earlier today after a courageous battle.  Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the Schwartz family during this time.

Students will have varied reactions to the passing of a peer.  Any reaction is normal in the grief process and can range from withdrawal, to crying and anger.  I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their reactions and feelings regarding the passing of our student.

As our community begins to process this tragic news, the School District will have counseling and mental health staff available at each school for all students and staff in need of support. We will assess our needs and continue to provide support as needed.

In this very difficult time, I know the Cranford community will come together to support and lean on one another.

Should your child need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor and/or principal.

We at TAPinto Cranford would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Raymond Schwartz. 

Please consider a donation to the Schwartz family as they cope with the loss of a loved one. You can donate to the GoFundMe at this link:

https://www.gofundme.com/rayofhopeforraymond