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Anthony N. Cortazzo, 89, Of Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Longtime Ridgewood police officer and local resident Anthony N. Cortazzo died Monday, Dec. 28. He was 89.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Cortazzo served in the Ridgewood Police Department for 38 years. He retired after spending 10 years of those years as a captain.

He was an active member of the Riverside Vets in Paterson. He was an avid and well-known golfer in the area for many years.

He is survived by three children and sons-in-law, Kathleen Martello and husband Phil, Claire Baragona and husband Peter, and David Cortazzo Menegus; grandchildren Philip, Ariele, Michael, Benjamin, Jake and Lina; great-grandson Evan; nieces Barbara Ann and Andrea; and nephew John.

He was predeceased by wife of 35 years, Eileen; Ruth Jediny, his companion of the last 12 years; son Raymond; daughter Susan; parents Raymond and Andrianna; brothers Ralph, Frank and Andy.

Visitation hours will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, 306 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood. A prayer service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson.

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