NUTLEY, NJ - News broke this morning that Township of Nutley matriarch Ruth Bedford passed away at the age of 101.

Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli offered his remembrance of Bedford this morning, "Ruth Bedford was the matriarch of our Township. She volunteered many, many causes and organizations that she felt strongly about. She made a real difference in our community and will be sorely missed."

Known by generations of residents for her philanthropy, Bedford was active, and supported the people, organizations, and causes that were near and dear to her, including the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad, Planned Parenthood, Nutley Family Service Bureau, and the Nutley Educational Foundation.

Details regarding arrangements will be shared once known.