CRANFORD, NJ — The body of a Cranford man discovered in the Rahway River Saturday morning has been identified as Joseph Dugandzic, 52, of Cranford, a teacher at Cranford High School, Union County Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon.
Union County Police discovered Dugandzic's body in the shallow waters of the Rahway River off South and Centennial Avenues around 9 a.m. on Saturday, police said. An autopsy will be underway and an investigation is ongoing into the cause of death.
Dugandzic was described as a popular teacher at Cranford High School and was said to be an active member of the community.
“With heartfelt sadness, we announce the untimely passing of our beloved family member, husband, father, teacher, coach, and friend Joseph Dugandzic,” his family said in a statement. “Whether you were touched by Joe as a student at Cranford High School, on one of his many youth sports teams, at a charitable event, or as a friend, our community celebrates Joe's legacy. Everyone has graciously asked our family what they can do during this time. As Joe frequently said, 'the best thing we can do for our kids is give them the gift of our time.' While there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support and love from the community, our family respectfully requests privacy at this time."