Paul R. Porreca
1935 - 2020
Porreca, Paul R., - 85, of Millville, Judge Paul R. Porreca January 26, 1935 - August 14, 2020. Good son, husband, father, lawyer, and Judge. Born in Millville to May and Dominick and raised in Millville, Paul graduated from St. Mary's grade school, Sacred Heart High, Villanova University, and Georgetown Law where he won the prestigious moot competition. He married his high school sweetheart Maria Piccione and helped her raise Lynne (Ray Compari), Paul, Jr. (Pam Snyder) Kathleen (Bill King), and Suzanne (Michael Robinson). He practiced law in Millville, served two terms on the Millville City Commission, ran unsuccessfully for Freeholder, State Senator, and Congress, became an NJ Superior Court Judge and was the first and longest-serving Chair of the Council of Criminal Court Presiding Judges during which time he rewrote the Rules of Criminal Practice, authored the first and only Handbook for Criminal Judges and chaired the committee that unanimously adopted the Operating Standards for the Criminal Courts of New Jersey. He engaged extensively in civic affairs and won accolades and commendations for that work that are too numerous to mention. He took up farming, raising horses and hay establishing an oasis in the City that served as the gathering spot for the extended Porreca family and their weddings, which he performed, of the grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Jason. The yet unwed grandchildren are Tyler, Marisa, Julianna, Paul III, and Dominic. Lauren died shortly after birth. After Maria's death in 2019, he inaugurated the first Sunday of the month family get together of which he was very proud. Services and burial were private. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
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Published by The Press of Atlantic City on Sep. 20, 2020.
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Lynne, Paul Jr., Kathleen, and Suzanne - my deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. I had the pleasure of working with him until his retirement and learned so many things from him that I carried on through my life and was glad we stayed in touch after his retirement. He was a great man and loved you all so much. So many great memories of him - probably my best was when he was dictating a sentencing memo and I had a hard time keep up with all of the "50 must do 25 consecutive" and he saw me counting on my fingers and laughed and said "end result is 100 must do 50 because you are running out of fingers." May his memories always stay with you. I know I will hold my memories of him close to my heart.
Nancy Williams
September 24, 2020
Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family. RIP
Pastor Jean Cornish
September 23, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Porreca family.
September 22, 2020
Lynne and family,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Wendy (HUND) Powell
September 21, 2020
A great man!!!! Sure will miss our Christmas Eve chats; especially the funny ones. You know what they are!
Maryalice Robinson
September 21, 2020
Paul and I were political rivals in the Millville '60s. We were always respectful to each back then and later became good friends, especially after I joined him on the New Jersey Superior Court. I will miss him. he was a giant. Bill Forester
William Forester
September 19, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Porreca family. My case was adjudicated by Paul in the 70’s. He was a good and fair man.
Carl Schuster
September 18, 2020
Regret, I was out of state when Paul Porreca pasted away, as I have have appreciated his service, and his many kindnesses in my behalf. We had worked along side of earch other for years, and found him to always be alert to assist in any of my many ministries in the community. I knew Paul's parents and so the lineage carried on and included his daughter giving of herself in public service. Thank you, Paul for all the times you would say "Pastor can I help you". God bless!
Pastor Gerritt W Kenyon
September 17, 2020