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Investigation Ongoing in Verona Hit and Run, Services for Victim are Thursday and Friday

One of the many signs designed by Matthew Beneduce McGrath Credits: Cheryl Brown

VERONA, NJ - Services will be held Thursday and Friday for a Matthew Beneduce McGrath, 59 of Verona who was killed in a reported hit-and-run on Friday.

According to authorities, Verona police responded to a pedestrian struck near Bloomfield Avenue and Hillcrest Terrace at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24.  McGrath was rushed to University Hospital in Newark and pronounced dead around 10 p.m. that evening.

McGrath was born in Longansport, Indiana but lived in Verona the past 29 years. He owned Benegrathic Sign Design in Verona and created signs for townships like Verona, Cedar Grove, Montclair, Fort Lee, Roseland and Union City.  In addition he was an active member of the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio and a dedicated supporter and guest speaker of the VFW Post 2342 in Fort Lee. 

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A visitation service will be held at Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial, located at 9 Smull Ave. in Caldwell, Thursday, June 30 from 3 to 8 p.m., with a celebration of McGrath's life at 5:30 p.m., given by his brother Ishan Vest. A service will be held at the funeral home Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

McGrath is survived by his wife of 32 years Gloria (née Beneduce); his brother Ishan Vest and his wife, Julie; and he was the uncle of Gabrielle, Isaiah and Anna Vest and Joshua and Shay Bredimus. He is also survived by many loving friends.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor's tips line at 877-847-7432 or the Verona Police Department at 973-239-5000.

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