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Peter Joseph, 38, of Dumont, died Sunday, November 3, 2013.
He is survived by his adoring parents Pat and Carl Bruger, and loving siblings: sister, Cassandra and her husband Jeffry Cudlin, sister, Lynne and her husband Brian Rutigliano, brother, Christian "Kit" and his wife Keisha. He was the beloved nephew to Leslie Canaday and revered hero Uncle Pete to Miles and Harry Cudlin, and Helena and Anabel Chaves. Pete was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Anna Marie "Miki" and Herbert Peter Bruger, with whom he shared a special bond. He will be greatly missed by a host of other family and dear friends including his best canine pals Odin and Thor.
Pete was a 1993 graduate from Dumont High School where he was a proud captain of the wrestling team and County Champion. He later went on to earn his AA in Criminal Justice from Valley Forge Military College (1996). Pete proudly served as an Army Ranger Combat Medic with Special Forces top clearance and high-altitude jumping skills in the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army before his 2002 honorable discharge. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans. His time in the armed forces helped to develop his interest in medicine. He returned to school to earn his BS/MS from Seton Hall University and went on to be an Orthopedic Physician's Assistant. Pete was an ardent fisherman and active member of the Hudson River Fisherman's Association (HRFA). Pete had a great love for angling for salmon, sharks, and tuna, and was a passionate sports fan and movie buff. All who knew him saw his incredible strength, energy and zest for life and his loss leaves a tremendous void for loved ones.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 9th, 11 AM at Calvary United Methodist Church, Dumont, NJ. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, November 8th, 13 and 69 PM at Frech Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either CUMAC, PO Box 2721 Paterson, NJ 07509; www.cumacecho.org or HRFA Youth Angler Fund, PO Box 421 Cresskill, NJ 07626;
Published in The Record/Herald News on Nov. 7, 2013