West Orange Resident and Educator Dies Suddenly at Summer Camp Orientation

Joshua, Jamie and Rachel Allen

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Tragedy struck this weekend when West Orange resident and educator Joshua Allen died suddenly while at Camp Deeny Riback camp orientation, where he was preparing to welcome campers on Monday.

Allen, 37, is survived by his wife, Jamie, the daughter of South Orange resident and Village trustee Howard Levison, and their 4-year-old daughter, Rachel.

Allen was known as a devoted husband, doting father and passionate educator who taught math at the Link Community Charter School in Newark.

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A GoFundMe page has been created to cover funeral costs and start a college fund for Rachel. To contribute, visit or and search for "Help the Allen Family."

Donations are also being accepted at Barnabas Health Hospice, located at 80 Main Street, Suite 210, West Orange, NJ 07052—or visit


The Shiva Information for Joshua Allen is as follows:

Allen Family Residence

16 Koewing Place

West Orange, NJ 07052

Monday following interment until 7 p.m and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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