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TRENTON - Roland Owen Laird Jr., age 52, passed away on Feb. 7, 2013, at the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Feb. 5, 1961, he had resided in Mercer County since 1998, in West Windsor from 1998 to 2005, and in Trenton from 2005 until his death.
He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and his master's degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
He was the co-owner and CEO of My Image Studios LLC in New York City and the owner of Posro Media in Trenton. Previously he had held positions at Swiss American Securities in New York City where he was a senior vice president of technology. Other positions include Amarex Technology (NYC), Dow Jones & Company (in South Brunswick) and AT&T (Piscataway). He was a board member of Passage Theatre Company in Trenton; commissioner of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission; founding president of the board of directors of the I Am Trenton Community; and co-founder and treasurer of the Ethel Tremaine Robinson Foundation in New York City.
Mr. Laird is survived by his wife, Taneshia Nash Laird; two daughters, Imani and Naima Laird; his parents, Annis (Mearl) and Roland Laird Sr. of South Brunswick; his sister, Jeanne Halyard, MD; his two nieces,
Dominique and Alexis Halyard; his aunts, Daphne Willars, Jeanne Cozier, Gem Harris, Isa Cobb, Opal Zizzo; two uncles, Earl Lyttle and Guy Cozier, and numerous cousins and friends in the United States
Calling hours will be at the Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Ave., Trenton, Friday (Feb. 15) from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 16) at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church, 10 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. Pastor Daniel Sloan will officiate. Entombment Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a fund online at
Published in The Trentonian on Feb. 13, 2013
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