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It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of former Hobo Band member, Ron Epstein of Woodstown, Saturday, August 23, 2008 from complications of surgery. His son, Louis, stated that his dad went into Thomas Jefferson Hospital on August 8th for a partial lung removal.

Over the years, Ron had suffered from bouts of pneumonia that left scar tissue on one of his lungs. He recently suffered another episode, which prompted his decision to have the scar tissue removed. The operation did not go as planned and required the removal of the entire lung.

After two weeks of blood transfusions and repeated medications, he regained strength, but eventually had to be placed on a heart/lung machine and then lapsed into a coma. Ron was 58.

Both Ron and Louis played clarinet in parades and concerts. Ron was the former Salem County Prosecutor and was currently employed as a Deputy New Jersey Attorney General for the Division of Law. He was anticipating retirement this year.

Louis, a graduate of Princeton University, is currently seeking his Ph.D. at Harvard in musical composition.

Shiva will be observed at his late residence, 224 Bertha Ave, Pilesgrove, NJ 08094 until Friday. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 125 So. 9th St., Suite 202, Phila., PA  19107, Woodstown-Pilesgrove Library Association or a charity of the donor's choice.

Ron Epsteinís address (to send cards)
224 Bertha Ave
Pilesgrove, NJ  08094

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:


Aug. 23, 2008. Husband of Joy (nee Salkin), father of Louis Epstein, son of Anna Epstein.  Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Service, Tues. 10 AM precisely GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS, 6410 N. Broad St. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed at his late residence until Friday. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 125 So. 9th St., Suite 202, Phila., PA 19107, Woodstown-Pilesgrove Library Association or a charity of the donor's choice.

From the Salem Sunbeam:

Ronald A. Epstein, Long Time Salem County Public Servant, Dies at 58.

On Saturday, August 23, 2008, after complications following surgery, former Salem County Prosecutor Ron Epstein passed away at age 58. Ron was Prosecutor between 1992 and 1998, after which he worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the state of New Jersey.

He was the son of Anna and the late Louis Epstein of Salem, NJ, the owners and founders of Louís Big Store (a womenís and childrenís clothing store in Salem).

Ron was a graduate of Salem High School, Rutgers College (B.A. Economics) and Dickinson Law School (J.D.). Upon leaving law school, he entered into practice with his brother-in-law Willard Bernstein in Pennsville, becoming a partner in the firm Bernstein & Epstein. In 1978, when Bernstein left the practice to become the first full-time Prosecutor of Salem County, Ron continued in private practice while also taking on the duties of First Assistant Prosecutor. Bernstein rejoined the practice in 1983, and they continued together until Ron was appointed Prosecutor in 1992.

During his years of private practice, he also had an extensive career in public service, serving as solicitor to various municipal agencies throughout Salem County, including the Pennsville Board of Adjustment, the Salem Planning Board, Oldmans Township, Elsinboro Township, and Carneys Point Township. Notably, he also served as Counsel to Salem County from 1981 to 1986.

Ronís work ethic and dedication to his community extended into participation in civic organizations as well. He was a member of the Pennsville Rotary Club and served as President from 1991-1992. For the last seven years, Ron chaired the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District Human Relations Council. The United Jewish Appeal recognized him for his leadership efforts in fundraising, and Ron received accolades from several organizations in gratitude for his work on behalf of abused and missing children and of victims of domestic violence.

Ron was active in local youth soccer, coaching several different Woodstown teams, and was an avid fan of Woodstown and Salem High School football. A lifelong appreciation for music found expression in time spent playing clarinet in parades and concerts - dressed in rags - with the Pitman Hobo Band.

Ron will be remembered by his family for the same outstanding qualities that characterized his work in the private and public sectors, notably his sense of honor, expressed through honesty and courtesy. His memory will be cherished most for his sense of humor, frequently expressed through comical and distinctive eyebrow gestures.

Even as his ever-present moustache grayed, Ron remained a child at heart. He loved to set up trains and a miniature town ("Plasticville") in the basement every winter. He creatively and alliteratively named every stuffed animal ever acquired by his son or his Jack Russell Terrier, Sophie. Nothing pleased him more than to crawl around on the floor with his grand-nephews, continuing to enjoy the toys he had saved from his childhood. In addition to saving toys, Ron was an avid collector of stamps, coins and baseball cards. His passion for buying stamp albums increased dramatically after discovering Ebay several years ago.

Ron is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joy, their son Louis, and his mother Anna. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sheila, and his brother-in-law, Larry. Ron was brother-in-law to Alan and Donna, Bill and Brenda, and Ellen. He was the beloved uncle of David (Jody), Sandi (Ethan), Steven (Erin), Michael and Samantha. He took great pride in and cherished his great nephews, Josh, Sam, Jacob and Dylan.

The family will receive visitors at their home in Woodstown Tuesday through Thursday evenings and Friday afternoon of this week.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Ronís memory to either the Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Library Association.