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Harness Racing New South Wales extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Charlie Mercieca after his sudden passing on Thursday June 25. Aged 70, Charlie Mercieca was an accomplished horseman and enjoyed success in and around Sydney. Some of the horses Charlie trained included Identity, Nathan Image, Sheerama and more recently Little Gozzo and Perfect Shot. His last runner was on Friday June 12 when Jodan finished third at Newcastle. Charlie will be missed by his entire family. Charlie's funeral will be on Friday July 3rd at 1pm Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes. The burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery at 2:30pm.  Greg Hayes

Highly respected industry stalwart Eric Hando passed away on Friday at the age of 95. Mr Hando was inducted as a 'Living Legend' of harness racing in 2004 and spent many years running the successful Peak Hill breeding operation Rosewood Stud. The Hando family originally settled in Peak Hill in the 1890s and it was Eric's father, William, who identified the value of stallions with Globe Derby blood. Rosewood Stud stood a number sires including Revlis Peak, Lucky Western, Peak Hill, Silver Peak and Dual Peak and is recognised as the oldest standardbred stud still in operation in Australia. Eric bred the well performed mare Scotirra, a heat winner of the 1966 Inter Dominion at Harold Park. The daughter of Scottish Brigade won the Spring Carnival Handicap in 1963 and went on to win the Spring Cup twice (1965, 1966). In the 1970s Rosewood Stud imported stallions such as Sheer Genius, Quick Return and Tarport Bill as buyers moved away from locally bred sires. Tarport Bill sired the winners of the NSW Derby and NSW Oaks in 1981 with Bondi Bill and Gloomy Lass taking out the respective races, a remarkable feat for a NSW based stallion. The Hando family was named the Bathurst Gold Crown Honourees in 2012 following their significant support of the rich juvenile series since its inception. Eric is survived by his wife of 70 years Dorothy. The couple met at the Peak Hill picture theatre and were later married at St Stephens Church, Peak Hill in 1945. They travelled to Parkes and had their first night of their honeymoon at the Broadway Hotel. They then caught the train to Sydney for a honeymoon of a few days. However Eric's father contacted him to say it was raining at home and he could stay a little longer. Eric and Dorothy had three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Eric Hando's funeral will be held at St Stephens, Peak Hill on Friday June 26 at 11am. Harness Racing New South Wales extends its deepest sympathies to the Hando family and believe Eric's influence on the sport will never be forgotten. Greg Hayes

Former prominent harness racing trainer/driver and Western Australian Trotting Association Life Member Charlie Rifici died last weekend. Charlie’s parents migrated to Perth from Messina in Italy in 1933 with their children Rosina and Sam. Charlie was born in Western Australia in 1934 and grew up in Northbridge where his family ran a delicatessen and grocery store as well as a hair-dressing salon where Charlie’s older brother Sam earned a reputation as one of the country’s best hair-dressers. He played football for Subiaco before being bitten by the trotting bug in the mid-fifties. The first of his 275 winners came courtesy of Jura at Pinjarra on 6th November 1957 and the same horse gave Charlie the first of 147 Perth winners when it won at Richmond Raceway on 3rd March 1958. His last winner came behind Count Aachen at Gloucester Park on 7th December 1979. Count Aachen won eight races including six in Perth while the best horse Charlie trained and drove was arguably Maid Aachen which won seven races in Perth including the 1978 Navy Cup. Charlie won a Bunbury Cup in 1967 with Top Centre while other prolific winners included Look Twice (12 wins), Brunette (10 wins), Billy Brandy (9 wins) and Kia Ora Ku (9 wins). Charlie drove Contravis to win a number of races in Perth for trainer Sam Conti and the combination won a Gloucester Park Horse of the Year title. As an owner Charlie and his wife Mercy raced the outstanding Victorian bred stallion Lake Street with Marcus Michael. Lake Street, named in honour of the Northbridge locality so large in the early life of the Rifici and Michael families, won 18 races and some $166,000 with his biggest win coming in a WA 4&5yo Championship. Lake Street was runner-up in a Golden Nugget Championship and placed in a 2yo WA Sales Classic and 2yo Victorian Sires Stakes final and later in two heats of the 1994 Inter Dominion Championship held in Sydney. Charlie gave back to the industry in a number of ways including some 20 years as a Committeeman of BOTRA, a committeeman of the WA Trotting Association and was also a sponsor of the Rifici Junior Drivers Award at Gloucester Park and was involved in the sponsorship of the Fremantle Harness Racing Club through Signature Security. by Alan Parker

Boynton Beach, FL - Alan Prince, a long time journalist for the Miami Herald, a journalism professor at the University of Miami and 48-year national officer for the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and a harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator inductee, died early Wednesday morning. He was 85. Alan Prince saw his first Standardbred race at Monticello Raceway in 1959 and from that point on he was bitten by the harness racing and journalism bug. He began his newspaper career as sports writer for the New Jersey weekly newspaper, the Union Leader, and soon started covering harness racing events. He then joined the New York City Chapter of USHWA and soon became treasurer for the national group. Anticipating that Pompano Park in Florida would open in 1964, Prince took a position with the Miami Herald covering sports and wore many hats during his 25-year career there. In addition to covering harness racing, Prince was also the Travel Editor for the Miami Herald for fifteen years. When Prince left the Herald in the late 1980s he had already been teaching journalism part-time at the University of Miami which led to a professorship and lectures on journalism. Even in retirement, Prince still professionally edited books and magazine for major publishers. Prince was also the founder of the Florida Chapter of USHWA and served as its president in the late 1960s. Prince was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame as a Communicator in 2007. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the first Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award in 2007 by the New England Chapter of USHWA. Prince also received USHWA's Member of the Year Award in 1986 and later the national group named the award in his honor. Born in Montclair, NJ, Alan Prince was a graduate from New York University with a BA in Journalism. He also served in the US Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. Among his many talents, Alan Prince had also mastered the art of magic and sleight of hand card tricks that brought many a smile to those fortunate to catch his impromptu performances every year at the USHWA gatherings. He was also a major opera fan, listening every Sunday to the live performances at the MET in New York and was a season ticket holder to the Opera Society in Ft. Lauderdale and was an avid baseball fan. He is predeceased by his father, Irving Prince; mother, Rose (Shore) Prince, Plavin; brother, Joseph Prince; sister-in-law, Robin (Samson) Prince; and bother-in-law, Gordon Feltman. He is survived by his sister Carol (Prince) Feltman; brother, Martin Prince; sister-in-law, Andrea (Eisenberg) Prince; and six nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will take place at Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mt Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens 5900 SW 77 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33143 (305) 274-0641. The funeral will begin at 2:30 pm Friday followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Amie Choquette Sunshine Fund, care of the Florida Chapter USHWA, P.O. Box 669273 Pompano Beach, FL 33066 (954) 654-3757. By Steve Wolf, for the United States Harness Writers Association

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 17, 2015 - Veronica "Ronni" Dugan-Julien, of South Hackensack, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2015, at the age of 55 years. Beloved wife for 23 years of Meadowlands judge Lawrence M. Julien, she was the devoted mother of Eleanor Julien of South Hackensack, NJ. She worked as the licensing coordinator for the New Jersey State Racing Commission at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. She was an NJRC employee since 1985. "She worked for the New Jersey Racing Commission for more than 25 years," said Larry Julien. "She tried to help the horsemen. As many of the horsemen know, she fought a long battle with cancer." The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 31 Chamberlain Avenue, Little Ferry, NJ. The family will receive friends at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. She also leaves her sisters and brothers: Kathy McGuire and husband James of Port Monmouth, Michele DelFino and husband Anthony Jersey City, Margaret Dorobis and husband Joseph of Whiting, Patrick Dugan and wife Maryann of Parlin, and John Dugan and wife Sheila of Bayonne. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. For more information, visit www.gentilefuneralserice.com. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Delaware, OH --- It is with great sadness that the Morgan family announces the passing of Ed Morgan Jr., 75, on June 14, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. “Eddie” as he was known by many, was a sixth generation harness horseman born in Piqua, Ohio, and the son of Ed Morgan Sr. who was a leading driver in the 1940s and 1950s and a very successful trainer. Following in the family footsteps, Mr. Morgan was a leading driver at age 22 at Scioto Downs in the 1960s and held numerous driving titles at tracks in Kentucky and Michigan. Audobon Raceway announcer Robin Burns dubbed him “The Stunner” because he would get out late and win with longshots. Mr. Morgan had 4,724 wins and earnings of $7,689,479. He raced at tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio, ultimately settling in Michigan in the early 1990s. Mr. Morgan was inducted into the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Hall of Fame in 2008 for his tremendous achievements and dedication to the sport of harness racing. Mr. Morgan not only was a successful trainer and driver, but he was an incredible mentor and teacher to many current national leading drivers. Tim Tetrick, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Tony Morgan and Drew Monti are a just a few drivers who were influenced by him. His son, Tony, won national dash winning titles in 1996, 1997, 2006, and 2008 and just won his 15,000th race in March. Tony recalls, “Some people thought Dad was setting horses up for those big wins, but that wasn’t it at all. Dad always raced to get money. He’d put the horses on the fence and sit. He wanted a good trip every time, and he wanted the horses to race forever. Every horse in the barn would get 40 starts a year. That’s the way he raced horses. That’s how he taught me to race horses.” Tim Tetrick, also a national multiple winning dash driver, with 14 Breeders Crown championship wins and winner of more than 8,000 races said, “I was so sad to hear the passing of Eddie Morgan. From the time I was very little, Eddie always went out of his way to talk to me. He would listen and help me figure things out that I was struggling with and was never shy to tell me the truth. Most importantly, Eddie truly believed in me as a driver and because of him I learned to believe in myself. I consider Eddie and Tony Morgan to be family, and we send our condolences to them.” Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who was the North American dash title holder in 2013 and 2014, said, “Eddie was a mentor to me when I first started catch driving. He gave me the opportunity to drive a couple of nice horses when I wasn’t driving any power at the time. He stuck with me through good and bad drives and I always enjoyed our short talks in his truck before the races.” Wrenn raced two well-known class horses for Mr. Morgan, Pearl’s Johnny, who made 309 career starts, and pacing mare Quick Step, who still holds the track record at Hazel Park. Mr. Morgan’s latest protégé is up and coming Buffalo driver, 20-year-old Drew Monti. Mr. Morgan sent his last few horses to the Monti family to race for him the past few years. Monti and Mr. Morgan teamed up with an old class horse named Ophiuchus N for 12 wins that brought them much satisfaction. Monti stated, “Eddie was not only a great horseman, but a great friend. He had an influence on my career that is everlasting, and it was an absolute privilege to know him. He will be missed greatly.” Famous track announcer Sam McKee recalled Mr. Morgan winning the Kentucky Pacing Derby for 2-year-olds at Louisville Downs with a horse named Jake And Elwood. McKee stated, “Eddie always said he’d rather have a has been than a never would be. He was always good at patching together and racing old class horses.” There will be a celebration of Eddie Morgan’s life from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday (June 20) at Sharp Funeral Home, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, Mich. A second celebration will be held on Sunday (June 21) at the Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, Ohio from 1-5 p.m. Edward “Eddie” Morgan Jr. was the son of Edward Sr. and Winifred (Davis) Morgan. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon (Palmer); children, Tony (Penny), Greg (Becky), Jenny, Joe, Kathy Smith and Elizabeth (Robert) Morgan-Smith; brothers, Charles (Dorothy) and Tom (Sue); best friends, Margaret Rousseau and Penny Howard; numerous cherished friends; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Morgan Garrett. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Capital Cardiology of Lansing, Mich. and Dr. David Woltmann. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page at www.sharpfuneralhome.com.   by Winnie Morgan Nemeth   United States Trotting Assocuation

On Sunday, July 19th, The Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association will gather at Hanofee Park in Liberty, New York, to commemorate the recent and untimely passing of one of their own, Robert "Bo" Beauregard. "BoBo" as he was fondly known to all of the horsemen at Monticello Raceway and beyond, was a longtime member of the Board of Directors serving as his Association's Treasurer and right hand to President Alan Schwartz. The full day BBQ, from 11:00 A.M. to dusk, will include both lunch and dinner. Soft drinks are included throughout the day and beer will be on hand for $1.00 each. Cost for this happening is $20.00 per adult or $10.00 for children 2 thru 12 years of age, payable at the door. All our friends in the community are invited to attend. Proceeds from this event have been earmarked for "The Beauregard Boys", John snd Steven. John Manzi for MHHA

Jack Dye, 86, of Moline, Illinois, well-known teacher and coach, died Sunday, May 3lst, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline Visitation will be Thursday, June 4th, from 3 until 8 p.m. in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. Services to mark a life well-lived will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Congregational Church in Moline, with The Reverend Craig Jan-McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Jack Dye Scholarship Fund at Moline High School. Jack was born in Rock Island on October l2th, 1928, to Frank and Edith (Wold) Dye. He graduated from Rock Island Public Schools where he enjoyed a variety of work and athletics. He graduated from Augustana College with a degree in History and Education. He worked briefly at IBM but the classroom called, and he returned to start his teaching career at the Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, Illinois, soon to move on to the Moline School District #40, teaching first at John Deere Junior High and later Moline High School. He loved coaching basketball, golf and tennis and enjoyed the daily challenge of engaging students in timely discussions about the social sciences. He earned his Master's Degree from Western Illinois University in Administration and served as Department Head for many years in Social Studies. Jack was instrumental in starting the Moline Hall of Honor for Moline graduates, and recently earned induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His razor wit and rapid fire delivery coupled with a near photographic memory was feared and admired throughout the community. He met the love of his life Charlotte Joy Shipley in 1953, and after a whirl wind courtship they married on March 20, 1954, in Moline. He raised three true Moliners and several Boston terriers while maintaining his park like lawn. Jack also kept busy, as was his habit, by working outside of education as well. He loved the Moline downtown and enjoyed working at Ydeen's Men's Wear where he would hold court and sell quality suits. Jack did not fully embrace retirement in that he stayed busy volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Arrowhead ranch. He also attended countless athletic events of his grandchildren and kept many Moline athletes supplied with special laminated accounts of their achievements. Jack also served as historian of Wharton Field House and co-authored a book with George Van Vooren on the history of Moline basketball. Jack was a lifelong "Dye-hard" Chicago Cub fan and really believed that this could be their year. Jack is survived by his children and their spouses, Brad and Joanna Dye of Moline, Jeff Dye and Tammie Newvine -Erskine of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Jodi and Mark Zimmerman of Moline; grand-children, Jared and Derek Dye and Jessica and Jenna Zimmerman;brothers-in-law, Gene Shipley and Ron and Lou Shipley, all of Moline; and several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his lovely wife, Joy, and brothers, William and Donald Dye. Jack's family extends thanks and appreciation to the staffs at Heartland Health Care Center and the Wound Care Clinic, and invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a free candle in his memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com. Tom Kelley

New South Wales Harness Racing extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Helen Martin after her passing on Wednesday May 27 after a long battle with cancer. Aged 71, Helen devoted a large portion of her life to harness racing and worked for the state's controlling body for many years. Helen is survived by her husband, Harry the trainer of Miracle Mile winner Double Identity, her five children and many grandchildren. Funeral details will be announced in coming days. Greg Hayes

One of Western Australia’s all-time great harness racing trainers and drivers Les Poyser died on Friday morning at the age of 83 years. Poyser sits in 22nd place on the all-time list of this State’s drivers with a career tally of 756 winners with 512 of those in the city. He also trained more than 630 winners. Born on 20th December 1931 Les Poyser was an outstanding driver from the outset when he graduated from the WATA’s Reinsman’s School where he learned the finer points of race-driving under the tutelage of Frank Kersley. Poyser’s great feel for a horse was reminiscent in many ways of the “magic hands” of Kersley and in 1952 he finished third in the Trainee Reinsman’s Graduate Trophy won by Phil Coulson. Poyser drove his first winner for trainer Bob Williams behind Kratsa Dan on 19th January 1952 at Richmond Raceway and the colt was regarded as a leading fancy for that year’s WA Derby. The pair eventually finished third in the Derby behind Beau Don and Oros Image. During the sixties Poyser reined three WA Derby winners in Swahili (1962), Satanas (1963) and Volutis (1966) and only Hall Of Famers Fred R Kersley and Chris Lewis have won more WA Derbies. Poyser also trained a WA Oaks winner in Ala Moana (1975) and a pair of Fremantle Cup winners in Peter Patrick (1968) and Little William (1978). Poyser was a keenly sought after freelance reinsman due to his patience and concern to look after the horses he drove and drove Pure Steel to six wins including the 1980 WA Pacing Cup and was behind the Sean Harney trained Jack Morris for two of that champion’s wins. Poyser handled a number of outstanding horses during his career with his most prolific winners including the likes of 1967 Inter Dominion heat winner Velocipede (20 wins), Surfer’s Guide (19), Keystone Express (19), Satanas (17), Swahili (16), Baytana (15) and Volutis (13). He enjoyed an amazing run of success with former Tasmanian pacers winning a Brennan and August Cups with Speedy Ben, a Brennan and Bunbury Cup with Rio Butler and a Brennan Cup with Melfield Tyros and a string of races with the likes of San Eltrym and Dek’s Special. Les Poyser is survived by his wife Norma and daughter Natalie. by Alan Parker

The harness racing industry is saddened by the sudden passing of Bathurst trainer Mark Rawsthorne on Wednesday night. Mark had attended the Bathurst races and passed away soon after returning home. The popular horseman trained 101 winners in his career which spanned more than 20 years. Some of Mark's horses included Sunny Disposition, a talented mare that won 14 races including two at Harold Park. 11 time winner Simon Gosling and more recently Golden Super, a winner of nine races. Prince Raymac's victory at Menangle on August 3rd 2013 was another of Mark's career highlights. HRNSW extends its deepest sympathies to Shona Stewart and the Rawsthorne family. The details of Mark's funeral will be confirmed in the coming days. Greg Hayes

Batavia, NY --- Anthony Michael Strollo, 76, a longtime resident of Batavia, N.Y., died April 26, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease at the home of his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson in Manahawkin, N.J. Mr. Strollo was a retired Standardbred trainer and driver at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Yonkers Raceway, The Meadowlands and Garden State Park. He campaigned the stakes filly The High Life p,3,1:52.3 ($148,808) and in Western New York conditioned Open trotter Barney Brookwood. His last drive came at the Meadowlands in 1996 and his last training start came at Batavia Downs in 2003. "Tony was one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet around a racetrack," said Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "One of few just left handed drivers on the Western New York circuit; he was notorious for bringing home some long priced winners." He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Batavia, was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the former St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Parish in Batavia. He was the son of the late Michael and Ann (Torcello) of Batavia. Mr. Strollo is survived by his daughters, Christine (James) Kearns and Andrea (Jason) Stanaway; grandsons, Vincent, Michael Stanaway, Christopher Stanaway, Anthony Stanaway and Joseph Stanaway; sister, Ann Marie (Dr. Paul) Caste; aunts and uncles, Ralph Torcello, Patricia Torcello, Rose, Albert and Anthony (Jean); and several cousins. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday (April 30) at the Dangler Funeral Home of West Orange, 340 Main St., West Orange. Then to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, for the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Cremation will be private. Letters of condolence may be posted at www.danglerfuneralhome.com.   Normand Fluet Sr., 59, dies Normand Richard (Norm) Fluet Sr., 59, of Aberdeen, N.C., died April 24, 2015. Mr. Fluet died in his home, surrounded by family, while fighting a terminal illness. He was born in Sherbrooke, Canada on April 14, 1956, to Yolande Perreault of Boucherville, Canada and the late Jean-Noel Fluet. He had lived and raised his family in the United States for the past 45 years. Mr. Fluet discovered his passion for the horses at an early age through his father who enjoyed Standardbred racing. His love for Standardbreds found him establishing his own stable where he trained, drove and owned many horses over the years. He had a natural gift when working with trotters and breaking babies in preparation for handling and racing. In 2007 Mr. Fluet stopped driving as he passed the reins to his son, Phillip, who was beginning his career in the business. Norm, Phillip and Lori worked closely together preparing yearlings down south and racing them in the northeast. Although horse racing is competitive, many who knew Mr. Fluet would agree that he was always willing to give a helping hand to his opponents. He notched 913 wins as a driver with earnings of $4.4 million. As a conditioner he won 280 races with purse earnings of $2.3 million. Bruce Tubin, president of the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, said, "Normand began working for me when he was 21 years old. He was as dedicated, hard working, knowledgeable, and trustworthy a person as you could ever find. He loved working with our young horses and was fabulous at getting them to the races. He eventually established a stable of his own as he was way too talented to remain a second trainer. We had many great years together that I will never forget." He was a devoted horseman known for his honesty, integrity and consideration of others. He was a proud member of the United States Trotting Association, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association. Mr. Fluet is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori Ann (Finch) Fluet; children, Normand Jr., Phillip (fiance, Abbey Westbrook), Alan, Julie (Michael) Kukenberger, Shane and Kasey; mother, Yolande Perreault; grandchildren, Kalie, Chantelle, Lily, Jamison, Ava and Sophie; brother, Serge; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Andrew and Gloria Finch; and several nieces and nephews. Per his wishes cremation took place on April 27, 2015, in North Carolina and will be followed by a mid-June memorial service in Batavia, where family and friends will gather to celebrate his life. Any and all who knew Norm will miss him dearly and forever keep him in their hearts. Batavia Downs Media Relations  

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 6, 2015 -- Edward R. Razzetti [October 9, 1935 - April 5, 2015], first vice present of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and a board member for nearly three decades, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Razzetti, 79, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, formerly of East Rutherford, was born in Passaic to Edward and Florence Razzetti. "Ed was one of the finest men I ever knew," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "He always provided good counsel to me and to the SBOANJ. He was my right hand man. I will miss him dearly. All of us at the SBOANJ send our condolences to his family." An Army veteran, he was the owner of Fairmount Car and Truck Leasing in Hackensack for 50 years. Edward was a devoted horse owner and breeder for many years, racing horses at various tracks, including the Meadowlands. The longest serving member of the SBOANJ, he was also an active member of the United States Trotting Association. The beloved husband of Joanne (nee Meyer) Razzetti, he was the devoted father of James Razzetti of New York City, and Jill Bovino and her husband, Dean, of Saddle River. Loving grandfather of Connor and Devin. Funeral from Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 9 a .m. Funeral Liturgy from Corpus Christi R.C. Church, Hasbrouck Heights, at 10 a.m. Private cremation will follow. Visitation Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Costa Memorial Home, 170 Central Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For more information, www.costamemorialhome.com          

It is with great sadness that the family of James Francis (Jim) Doherty of Clifton announces his peaceful passing at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in New Jersey on March 14th, 2015. Jim was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on September 27th, 1940, son of the late James Francis Doherty and Anna Mary (Clancy) Doherty. Besides his parents Jim was predeceased by his younger brothers Peter and Paul. Jim is survived by his wife, Marianne (Cinek) Doherty and sons James Francis III (Jodie) and Michael Erin Doherty; grandchildren Christopher, Laura, Jamie, Cadence and Clancy; brother William (Rita); sisters Mary Murphy (William), Martina Shannon (Donald), Patricia Loughery (Merrill), Anne Gilbride (Paul) and Evelyn Doherty; sister-in-law Roxanne Doherty; numerous nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; mother-in-law Lillian Cinek and sister-in-law Christina MacGilvray (Scott). Jim knew from an early age what his lifetime career would be. He first experienced horses through his father Frank's logging business and harness racing interests, leading to Jim's introduction to harness racing at Exhibition Park in Saint John. He acquired his first Standardbred while attending St. Malachy's High School. In 1959, he won his first race and quickly was on his way to a lifelong love of the sport. Jim worked continuously to improve his stable and was soon on the road to bigger racetracks, first in Montreal and then to New England. Jim was elected to the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame and soon after to the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame and New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in Canada. Having excelled on the New England circuit, Jim answered the call to New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack in 1976. Jim's skills as an all-round horseman; owning, training and driving soon came to the forefront amongst the best the sport had to offer resulting in Jim being elected to the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Jim had many world class horses, four of the best being No Nonsense Woman, Starchip Enterprise, Fools Goal and Green with Envy. Jim won many major races in the U.S. and Canada, including the Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Valley Victory, Delvin Miller Memorial, Goldsmith Maid, World Filly Trotting Derby, Roses are Red, three Provincial Cups and many more. In 1982 Jim won the $519, 000 New Jersey Classic driving Pitt Boy; the same year he competed in the World Driving Championships in Australia. In 1972, Jim was the leading percentage driver in both the U.S. and Canada and in 2002 received the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year Award from the United States Harness Writers Association. Jim received the New Jersey Sports Writers Association "Harness Racing Man of the Year Award" in 2007. Jim also known as "Gentleman Jim" for his honesty, integrity and consideration of others, liked to meet with family and friends to reminisce and share stories about horse racing and his favorite hockey team, the New York Rangers. Jim was a member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA); The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (SBOA) of New Jersey; The Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York; and Standardbred Canada. Funeral Services will be on Friday, March 20th at 10:15 am from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Andrew the Apostle RC Church, 400 Mt. Prospect Ave., Clifton. Private cremation to follow with interment of ashes to follow at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday & Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm on both days. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  See more at: http://bizub.com/obituary/James-F.-Doherty/Clifton-NJ/1491069#obit-services

Patricia (Pat) Simmons, 82, of Stow, Ohio, died from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Standardbred racing was a passion in Ms. Simmons' life. She and her husband, Earl, were heavily involved in harness racing -- which sparked a job offer from former Northfield Park General Manager John Phillips. Ms. Simmons was a faithful Northfield Park employee for over forty years. She eventually became the Assistant Race Secretary and worked under the tutelage of Herman Brickel, Dennis Haskell and Gregg Keidel. After working in the Race Office, Pat did double duty at night, working as a beloved mutuel teller for over a decade under the supervision of current Northfield Park Assistant General Manager Mike Colacarro. "You don't find people like Pat every day. People like her are rare," said Gregg Keidel, her boss for over 20 years. "She was a very gracious lady who never said a cross word about anyone." In her youth, Ms. Simmons was crowned Miss Goodyear Tire. She was also the grandmother of Aaron Merriman and former mother-in-law of Lanny Merriman. Funeral arrangements are still being made. However, it has been determined that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association. Ayers Ratliff

Norwood Shahan, a longtime popular harness racing horseman, who won numerous races including stakes events. passed away at age 75 on Feb. 2. Mr. Shahan, a resident of Greenwood, Del., owned, trained and drove horses in the Mid-Atlantic area tracks for a number of years. He bred, raised and races the outstanding pacer Abbe's Fancy. For two seasons, Abbe's Fancy, a former season's champion mare, was Horse of the Year at Dover Downs. In addition to racing at Delaware tracks, Abbe's Fancy won races at the Meadowlands. For more than 30 years, Mr. Shahan worked as a Trouble Serviceman for DP&L (Delaware Power and Light). He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Evelyn; a son Randy (Shannon) Shahan, a daughter, Valerie (Edward) Warnick; six grandchildren, and nephews and nieces. A viewing is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main Street, Smyrna, Del. Funeral Services will bigin at 3 p.m. Marv Bachrad

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