MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- Morris County's Deputy Clerk John Wojtaszek has passed away at the age of 71 after a long illness. County Clerk Ann Grossi has expressed her grief and sympathy stating that, "There is a saying that anyone can be replaced, but John is irreplaceable".

“John was a diligent and tireless worker on behalf of the Morris County Clerk’s Office and the residents of Morris County,” Grossi said. “He was a visionary who introduced many new and innovative programs, focused an eagle eye on election details, foresaw and remedied issues, was at ease speaking with politicians at all levels, the press and the public.”

In his role as deputy clerk, Grossi said, she relied on Wojtaszek's experience to make sure elections ran smoothly.

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Wojtaszek, a former Democratic Mayor of Rockaway Township, is survived by his wife, Bette Jane, his sister Sandra Wojtaszek of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and many friends.

Senator Joe Pennacchio reflected on the gentlemen that was Wojtaszek. "If you underestimated John, you did it at your own peril." Pennacchio went on to say, "John was a terrific political operative. More than that, he was a friend."

Visitation will be held Thu Mar 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery in Cedar Knolls.


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