CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie ordered all U.S. flags in New Jersey to be flown at half staff on Saturday to honor State Trooper Bill Fearon who died on Wednesday after a courageous battle against cancer.

“Lieutenant Fearon was a loving and devoted husband, son, and father, whose memory will live in the hearts of his family, friends, and fellow members of the New Jersey State Police,” said Governor Chris Christie. “He served his State with courage, professionalism, and commitment to the finest ideals and traditions of the New Jersey State Police. It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Lieutenant Fearon, and we extend our sincerest sympathy to his family and loved ones.”

A long-time resident of Cedar Grove, Fearon was born in Kearny and served more than 20 years in the New Jersey State Police, recently earning the rank of Lieutenant.  He was diagnosed with a gliomablastoma brain tumor in May 2015 which is believe to be connected to his service at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

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Fearon was also a dedicated volunteer in his community, earning the Cedar Grove Recreation Advisory Board Award in November of 2015 in recognition of the time he gave coaching and supporting the athletic and recreation programs in town.

His dedication to his family, friends and community was evident to all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife Janice, his children Ryan, Elyse and Jessie, and numerous other family and friends.

Visitation will be today, Dec. 30, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Shook's Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.  Because of the large crowd expected, there will be a shuttle service provided from Cedar Grove High School to the funeral home for additional parking and both Cedar Grove and state police will be on hand to facilitate traffic and pedestrian safety.

A funeral mass will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m., at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, N.J., with interment following at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 435, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009.