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Patrick James Roma

Patrick James Roma, retired Bergen County Superior Court Judge and former New Jersey State Assemblyman, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Hillsdale, New Jersey died Sunday, November 26, 2017 following a massive stroke. He was 68. He is survived by his loving wife, Patrice Malleus Roma (nee Garnich); step-daughter Lisa Malleus (Harold Boxill); sister Marie Van Nosdall, sister-in-law Claire Scozzafava; sister-in-law Carol Sylvester; sister-in-law Marie Mennonna (Ken); brother-in-law Peter Garnich (Stephanie); brother-in-law Gregory Garnich; mother-in-law Madeleine Garnich; and a devoted extended family of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, godchildren, cousins, and devoted friends. He is preceded in death by his previous wife Mary Ann Roma (nee Caporale); his brother Anthony Scozzafava; his brothers-in-law Bob Van Nosdall and Bob Sylvester. Born in New York City, raised in Cliffside Park, NJ, and resided in Palisades Park and Hillsdale, NJ, the son of Frank and Philomena Scozzafava, the Honorable Patrick J. Roma graduated from Seton Hall University, received his law degree from Stamford University - Cumberland School of Law, and his Master's of Law (LLM) degree from New York University School of Law. Well respected in legal and law enforcement circles, and the local community, Judge Roma began his impressive career as an attorney and soon partner at Friedman, Pearlman & Roma. He served as Prosecutor for the Boroughs of Palisades Park, Fairview, Little Ferry, Saddle Brook, Haworth, and Leonia. He was elected as Council President and Police Commissioner for the Borough of Palisades Park. He was elected as New Jersey's District 38 General Assemblyman from 1988-1997 and served as Assistant Minority Whip and Assistant Minority Leader. He was awarded Legislator of the Year by Local 518- the Motor Vehicle Employees Union, in 1993, and by Shelter Our Sisters and the Italian American Police Society in 1994; Man of the Year by the Parole Officers Association in 1991, and again by the New Jersey AFL-CIO in 1995. He was appointed to the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1997 and reappointed with tenure in 2003. He served on the bench in the Criminal Division of the Bergen Vicinage until his retirement in 2014. In addition to his devotion to the law, Patrick had a passion for fishing, guns, and travel. Patrick was an avid fisherman, sportsman and supporter of the 2nd amendment. He went fishing in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and the Florida Keys. He was always up for a fishing trip, keeping his fishing gear in the SUV just in case he passed a good fishing hole. He was a member of The Naples Fishing Club, The Guys Group, The Porsche Club, and The Italian American Society. Patrick's fondness for travel took him and wife Patrice on wonderful trips abroad and exploring throughout the US.

Patrick's spirit, love, and wisdom touched the lives of many throughout his life.

Memorial visitation will be held on Monday, December 11th from 4-8PM at the Volk Leber Funeral Home, 268 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, NJ. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 12th, 11AM, at St. Peter the Apostle RC Church, 445 Fifth Ave., River Edge, NJ. Private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude's Research Foundation, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. A memorial service will be held in Naples, Florida at a later date. For more information and to view Patrick's tribute page, please visit

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Published in The Record/Herald News on Nov. 30, 2017.
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November 24, 2020
We miss your kind and gentle heart and soul Pat.
Christopher von Zwehl
December 12, 2017
Dear Patrice, so very sorry for your loss. He was a very special cousin to all of us and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Judi & Keith Brodhead
Scottsdale, Az
December 8, 2017
To Patrice and the family of Patrick

I was deeply shocked to hear about the unexpected passing of Patrick. I did not know him very well but saw he was always kind and smiled with a warm heart the few times we met.
I am sorry for this great loss, I hope you will find some comfort in the memories you have of him.
Wishing all of you peace and love,
Gloria and Peter
Gloria Plyser
December 7, 2017
Patrice and family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Patrick. There are no words to express sadness. He will always be in our memories. Remember all the good times and family parties, especially St. Anthony's.

Cousin Natyna Kosik (John Cannon's daughter)
Natyna Kosik
December 4, 2017
Kanta and I met Patrick when he was an assemblyman back in the 90s, when he was appointed a judge, and finally, at the funeral of his first wife Mary Ann Roma. We found him to be warm and friendly with an outgoing personality. His untimely passing comes as a shock and we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife Patrice and the entire family. May his soul rest in peace!
With profound sorrow, Komandur & Kanta Sunder Raj.
Komandur Sunder Raj
December 3, 2017
Dear Patrick,

Thank you kindly for saving me and my family.
May you rest peacefully, Judge Roma.
Love Always!
December 1, 2017
So very sad to hear of Judge Roma's passing. I worked with him while he was assigned to Juvenile Court matters. Such an intelligent, warm and caring man.
Jane Thompson
December 1, 2017
I met Judge Roma when he first started in the Bergen County Family Court. It was my pleasure to get to know him both as an individual and as a judge. As a judge he was always firm in his convictions but also always ready to listen and work to move the Court in new directions. Off the bench he was charming and had a great appreciation for life. I am saddened to hear of his passing and I send my condolences to his family.
matthew catania
November 30, 2017
Mr. Roma,
You were a light during dark times. Your words of encouragement and advice given will never ever be forgotten! I now have 2 angels in heaven watching over me , my dad and you! RIP Pat Roma !!!
Michael Mattessich
November 30, 2017
So sad to hear the news. So many wonderful memories of Lawn Avenue, friends in Palisades Park and our fun neighbors! Rest In Peace Pat. You will be missed by all.
In loving memory
Rita and Anthony Antine
Jamestown RI
Rita and Anthony Antine
November 30, 2017
Many wonderful memories. Rest In Peace Pat,. You will be missed by all.
In loving memory,
Rita and Anthony Antine
Jamestown, Rhode Island
Rita and Anthony Antine
November 30, 2017
I was so sorry to hear the news that Judge Roma passed away I had the honor or working with him in juvenile division. Judge Roma was a very caring & devoted person and made a difference in many people's lives and touched the heart of so many I will never forget him.
Laurie Plancher
November 30, 2017
Heres a perfect example of the good dying young. He was a man with a great sense of humor. We enjoyed many days on the water fishing in NJ Pat you will truly be missed. I never met a more honorable man than PAT. Rest in peace my friend
Ron Tucci
November 30, 2017

You will be dearly missed. So many great memories. You were a class act that could not be duplicated.

In Loving Memory,

Christopher von Zwehl
Christopher von Zwehl
November 30, 2017
So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. We will always remember the fun times we had campaigning together, partying together(especially last year when Pat and Patrice welcomed us to their home for a great dinner, with John and Martha Rooney, thanks Patrice) and most of all legislating together in the NJ Assembly. We will keep you in our prayers.

Former Senator Louis Kosco and Elaine
November 30, 2017
i had the honor of working with judge roma as his team leader the last year before we both retired i will always remember his warm smile and confidence in me he was a credit to the judiciary and an outstanding jurist my heartfelt sympathy to the entire family rest in peace judge
nick brunetto
November 30, 2017
So sad to hear of Cousin Patrick's passing. He will be remembered in our prayers. Our condolences to Patrice and Family
Jack & Roberta Ricci
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