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Ronald Binaghi Sr.

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Ronald, Sr. of Old Tappan, NJ, on March 1, 2013. A lifelong resident of Old Tappan as were his parents, grandparent and great grandparents. Ron was a farmer and his love of the land was only matched by his love of his family. He wore so many hats in the borough we sometimes needed a score card to find out where he was. He was deputy marshal before there was a formal police department, animal control officer for 15 years, member of the OT Fire Dept. for almost 60 years, holding every rank and line office, attaining the rank of chief in 1966 and president in 1975. He was fire prevention chief for 15 years and past president of the Pascack Valley Fireman's association. He was a member of the first aid squad for over 43 years and very active on the day crew, night crew and any crew that needed him. Also a past president and trustee of the OT First Aid Corps. In the 70's, he was assistant building inspector and a member of the planning board. In 1982, he was elected to the town council where he went on to serve for 15 years. His love of Old Tappan really showed through in his tireless work on the council trying to make Old Tappan a better place for future generations. He had a no-nonsense approach to his job on the council and people usually appreciated the fact that he did not dance around any controversial issue. He called it like he saw it and he always had the good of the town on the top of the priority list. He also served the agricultural community in NJ, serving on the State Board of Agriculture and was also president of the county board of agriculture for many years. Ron's other love was music. He was an accomplished musician playing the accordion, organ, piano and saxophone. After graduating from Dumont HS in 1948, he attended NYU School of Music. In subsequent years he found the sound of a tractor and cultivator more soothing than notes on a page and he returned to run the farm full time. In 1976, he was one of the 12 founding farmers of the NYC Greenmarket. That singular decision kept our farm viable and created many opportunities for the rest of us to succeed. Now operating in three Manhattan locations, the fifth and sixth generations have taken Ron's great foresight and helped to turn it into the largest open air market in the country. Read this and be sad…but only briefly. He would want us to celebrate his life and take his clearly heavy baton and run with it. How can we do any less? Ron was the devoted son of Ernie and Madeline (née Stokes), loving husband of Jean (née Connelly), wonderful father to Ron Jr. and wife Jeanine, Debbie Fuqua and her husband Ron, eight grandchildren; Jenny, Stephanie, Ronnie III, Amanda, Peter, Billy, Julie, and Danny. Also survived by four great grandchildren. Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6th, 10 AM, at the Trinity Reformed Church on Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan. Internment to follow at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday, March 4th, 7-9 PM, and Tuesday, March 5th, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Moritz Funeral Home, 98 Route 303, Tappan, NY (845-359-0890) or In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donation to the Old Tappan First Aid Corps.
Published in The Record/Herald News from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013
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