Dr. Benjamin Richmond

Obituaries Dr. Benjamin Richmond

Dr. Richmond, 83, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Freehold, died May 31 at home. He moved to Boynton Beach in October 2003, after retiring from his Freehold medical practice of 55 years, an office that had been his childhood home. A graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and the Philadelphia College of Medicine, he was an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), Stratford, who began his career at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. In 1970, he became the first physician to admit a patient at CentraState Medical Center (formerly Freehold Area Hospital), where he remained on staff until September 2003. From 1970 until 1986, he was the chairman of CentraState’s Department of Family Practice. Board certified in both family practice and geriatrics, he was a member of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons; the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians; the American Geriatrics Society; the American Osteopathic Association; and the American College of Family Physicians. Until 1996, he was also a staff physician at Freehold Racetrack for many years. Dr. Richmond was predeceased by a sister, Esther. Surviving are his wife, Rhoda Hamerling Richmond of Boynton Beach; a daughter, Lisa Richmond of Los Angeles; a son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Roberta Richmond of Lakewood; and two grandchildren. The funeral service was held at Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Temple Beth El Cemetery, Neptune. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palm Meadow Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.Raymond William Rafferty Sr.

Mr. Rafferty, 84, of Howell died June 1 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Middletown, Conn., he had resided in Milltown, East Brunswick and Sarasota, Fla., before moving to Howell in 1994. For 28 years, he was a traffic manager for Chicopee Inc., Milltown. He then worked for five years as a traffic manager for GTE Sylvania, Bordentown, retiring in 1984. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a former communicant of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, North Brunswick. Mr. Rafferty was predeceased in 1994 by his wife, Ann Sakash Rafferty. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond W. Jr. and Debbie Rafferty of Wall Township, and Kevin and Denise Rafferty of Milltown; a daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Phil Williams of Howell; three sisters, Grace Oranski of Cromwell, Conn., Margaret Enright of Middletown and Marie Gonzalez of South Plainfield; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home, East Brunswick, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Church. Interment took place at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown. Memorial donations may be made to the World War II Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766; or the East Brunswick Elks, P.O. Box 120, East Brunswick 08816.

Elizabeth Marie McLaren

Ms. McLaren, 74, of Manalapan, died June 3 at Pine Brook Care Center, Manalapan. Born in Freehold, she had lived in Keansburg and in Oxon Hill, Md., before returning to the Free­hold area. She worked for the Association for Retarded Citizens, Long Branch, retiring in 1998. She was also a devoted animal lover. She was predeceased by her parents, James W. and Marie Curran McLaren; and a brother and sister, James C. McLaren and Evelyn McLaren Guensch. Sur­viving are a brother and sister-in-law, Everett S. and Eva Lou McLaren of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews. Services were pri­vate.