SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Township Mayor Christopher Killmurray died at home Sunday morning, officials announced.
In an alert to residents, Township Manager Bernard Hvozdovic said that Killmurray, 55, passed away at home surrounded by his family after battling brain cancer for several years.
A Democrat, Killmurray was first elected to the Township Council in 2003 and served as deputy mayor for many of his 15 years on the governing body before being appointed mayor last year following the death of Mayor Frank Gambatese in March 2017.
He then easily won his first election to the office in November 2017.
“Mayor Killmurray fully embraced the significance of public service as a true calling and profoundly affected the lives of many South Brunswick residents,” Hvozdovic said in the release. “Mayor Killmurray always strove to try his best for those around him and help them reach their potential.”
Deputy Mayor Charles Carley will now serve as acting mayor until appointed to the position by the council for the remainder of the year.
The mayor’s four-year seat is up for election in November.
Mayor Killmurray was a passionate advocate for the South Brunswick Township Library where he served on its Board of Trustees, the release said.
He was also long-time member of the Woodbridge Irish-American Association as well as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Monsignor Cream Division No. 1 in Hamilton, and the St. Cecilia Knights of Columbus, Council No. 7046.
He served as Pro Bono Legal Counsel for The Central Jersey Boy Scouts – Joyce Kilmer District, and volunteered as a religious education teacher for St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Monmouth Junction, and was also a member of VFW Post 9111 in Kendall Park Men’s Auxiliary, the release said.
Mayor Killmurray was a graduate of Rutgers University Camden School of Law and was a partner in the law firm of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas in the firm’s Employment and Civil Rights Litigation Section, handling cases statewide with an emphasis on defense of public entities and their employees.
Mayor Killmurray’ s hard work defending matters filed against Police Officers and Police Departments earned him the distinction of being named 2011 Irishman of the Year by the Central Jersey Police Emerald Society, the release said.
He was also selected by the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, as a recipient of the 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.
This award is given annually to lawyers from Bar Associations across the state who, by virtue of their conduct, competence and demeanor, set a positive example for others in the profession, according to the release.
Mayor Killmurray is survived by his wife Karen and four children.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.