Joseph James Hillman Jr.

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Joseph James Hillman Jr.

AGE: 70 • Belmar

Joseph James Hillman Jr., Esq., 70, of Belmar, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Brielle from injuries sustained in an accident. Joseph was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, raised in Tinton Falls, NJ and graduated from Red Bank High School. He resided in Belmar for over 45 years. He had been a Belmar lifeguard during his summers while attending Emory University and American University, Washington College of Law.

Joseph was admitted to the NJ bar in 1969. After an internship at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, he was associated with the Reussille law firm in Red Bank. He later moved his practice to the Belmar area and served his clients as a solo practitioner and with the Belmar firms of Hillman, Carey, Badach & Sullivan and Hillman & Sullivan, and the Ocean Grove firm of Hillman, Hundley, Parry and Fallon. He also served the public as a member of the Belmar Board of Commissioners, Director of Public Safety, as Belmar Borough Attorney, and as Director of the State Office of Legal Services in the Department of Community Affairs during Governor William Cahill's Administration. He was a past president of the Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club and a member of the Monmouth County, Southern Monmouth County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.

Joseph was predeceased by his wife, Carol Rose (Hoesel) Hillman in April 2012; his daughter, Gabrielle Rose Hillman in October 2012; his brother, Richard Hillman in December 2013; and his father, Joseph J. Hillman Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Grace Hillman; his mother, Evelyn (nee Wall) Hillman; his brother, the Honorable Noel L. Hillman; his sister, Laura Scarpetti; his sister-in-law and her husband, Linda and Gunther Schmiedl; his fiancée, Nancy Borches-Wallace; his faithful dog, Riley, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall, with a reception for family and friends following the service. Committal will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, Joseph's family requests donations be made to the Gabrielle Hillman Memorial Scholarship Fund at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pennsylvania or the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. For further information or to forward condolences to the Hillman family, please visit

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O'Brien Funeral Home
2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road
Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 449-6900
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Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2014
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