John ‘Jack’ Hill, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations

To the music of bagpipes and drums, the casket accompanied by a police honor guard from several local municipalities, a funeral and mass was conducted March 25 at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Cranford, for John “Jack” Hill, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations. He died at Overlook Hospital in Summit on March 22 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Cranford. He was 66 years old, and was scheduled to retire from the prosecutor’s office, where he served for 38 years, on May 1. He was a Jersey City native and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of St. Peters Preparatory High School and St. Peters College in Jersey City. “He loved the police force and was available 24/7 and 365 days a year to the Prosecutor’s Office and other law enforcement departments,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio in published reports about Hill’s passing. “He will be missed.” DeFazio credited Hill with leading the Prosecutor’s Office in major narcotics investigations and maintaining strong working relationships with local police departments. “He’s not only a colleague, but he’s a close friend who throughout his career has fostered relationships not only between his office and the Jersey City Police Department but also agencies throughout the county,” Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey said in published reports. He is survived by his mother Marguerite; his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Jennifer Massa; his son, John Hill; his brothers, Robert, William and Thomas, and two grandchildren. Services arranged by the Dooley Funeral Home, Cranford.

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