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Former Blairstown Township Police Chief passes away at 76

BLAIRSTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Former Blairstown Township Police Chief Charles A. Marotta has passed away. He was 76 years old.

“Charlie” died on Thursday, Nov. 3, according to his obituary.

Charlie dedicated his professional life to law enforcement. He was proud of his varied and distinguished career in public service. His started his law enforcement career as a police officer for the Stanhope Borough Police Department and then transferred to the Hopatcong Borough Police Department. Later, he then accepted a Sherriff’s officer position with the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Department in Florida, his obituary said.

He then moved back to New Jersey where he accepted a position as a police officer with the Blairstown Township Police Department where he would eventually earn the rank of Chief of the department. After serving as Chief, he then accepted a position with the Morris County Sherriff’s Department where he eventually retired, according to his obituary.

Charlie had a terrific sense of humor and made friends where ever he went. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, target shooting and spending time with his family and friends. Charlie was a devoutly religious man and very involved in several places of worship, his obituary said.

“Our condolences to the family and friends of past Police Chief Charles Marotta. Chief Marotta was a dedicated public servant and dedicated a good portion of his life to helping others. May he rest in peace, the Blairstown Township Police Department wrote on their Facebook page.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, located at 150 Landing Road, in Landing. There will be a prayer service offered on Wednesday morning, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Charlie will be laid to rest at Stanhope Union Cemetery in Mount Olive Township.

For memorial donations, consider Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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