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Robert J. Girard

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Robert J. Girard TRENTON - Robert J. Girard, age 62, of Osprey, FL and Trenton, NJ, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Tidewell Hospice House, in Venice, Florida. Born in Trenton to the late Frank D. and Marion Hollingsworth Girard, Robert resided in the Trenton area for 60 years before retiring and relocating to Florida. He graduated from Bishop Egan High School and Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served more than 26 years in the Ewing Police Department (1978 - 2004) as both an Officer and Detective. Robert was a former PBA Local 111 Board President, NJ State Delegate, and Local Executive for Ewing Township and over the years also held other leadership positions within the local. Robert was honored as Officer of the Year, received the NJ State PBA Medal of Valor, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Performance of Duty Ewing Twp. Police Dept, Knights of Columbus State "Shield Award for Outstanding Community Service." In addition, he was awarded many Exceptional Duty awards, along with a Life Saving Award. Robert was also a member of the following organizations; Italian American Police Society, West Trenton Italian American Club and a former member of Prospect Heights Fire Company. Robert was a dedicated, loving husband and father. He adored his family and was a loyal friend. Bob served his community in numerous clubs and organizations, was a first responder to 9/11, an avid Yankee fan, a car aficionado, who also enjoyed the beach and traveling. He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Allen Girard, and his adoring children, Melissa Girard of Robbinsville, NJ, Robert J. Girard II, Esq. and his wife Joanna of Los Angeles, CA; step daughter Ainsely Allen, and a grandson Connor Girard Crawford. He is also survived by his brother Frank D. Girard of Lawrenceville, NJ; two sisters Patricia Girard Duda and her husband Mike of Newtown, PA; Judith Girard Kraus and her husband John of Walnut Creek, CA; two stepbrothers Jerry Belviso and his wife Janneta of Boca Raton, FL and Robert Belviso and his wife Jill of Trenton. His family also includes his cousin Dr. Donald Girard of Delaware, Michael and Diane Girard,Gary and Kathlinda Saretsky all of Lawrenceville, as well as many loving and admiring nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be sent to the "New Jersey State PBA Survivor and Welfare Fund" by mail to 158 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 30th at 10:30 AM, St. James Church, 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington NJ, 08534 (609) 737-0122.

Published in The Trentonian on Sept. 25, 2013
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