ROSELAND, NJ — The American flag located in front of the Harrison Avenue municipal complex in Roseland is flying at half-staff after the borough received notice of the death of former councilman John Derites.

"Councilman John Derites was the epitome of class,” said Mayor James R. Spango, who could not confirm the cause of death. “He was a true gentleman, a calm and strong voice of reason, in addition to being a devoted husband, Dad and grandfather. In my time as mayor, John became a trusted confidant.On behalf of all Roseland residents I extend our condolences to Roseann Derites and their entire family. John Derites’ passing is a terrible loss to our entire Roseland community.”

Derities served on the Roseland Borough Council from 1995 through 2006.

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One of his many accomplishments and contributions to the borough was after Sept. 11, 2001, when he proposed and oversaw the placement of a 9/11 Memorial in front of Roseland Borough Hall. According to the borough, his actions at that time showed the leadership and caring mindset that marked both his personal life and community service.

According to Shook-Farmer Funeral Home in Roseland, Derites died on April 2 and funeral services are pending. There is no further information at this time.