Superior Court Judge Edward Gannon died Tuesday night from injuries suffered in a fall, the Daily Record reported on Wednesday.
Gannon, 63, had been on life support after striking his head when he fell backwards on a step outside a Boonton delicatessen last Friday, the paper said.
A former municipal prosecutor in Chester and Parsippany, he has served in Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties as a judge since 1991, achieving tenure in the Superior Court in 1998.
“Judge Gannon served with honor and distinction … over three decades, handling criminal, civil, and family cases. He took a strong interest in juvenile matters, particularly in trying to prevent troubled youths from moving to lives of crime,” the Morris County Freeholders said in a statement.
Gannon was described as a family man who liked people.
He was an Eagle Scout and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, and an avid skeet-shooter who also enjoyed bobsledding with his brothers.
Born in New York City and raised in Boonton Township, Gannon studied criminal justice at King’s College, and law at Seton Hall University.
Gannon is survived by his sons, Michael and his wife, Irem and Rory Gannon; his mother, Genevieve (Lally); his sister, Barbara Baumgart and brothers, Kevin T. and James M. Gannon; his best friend Mary Ellen Gannon (nee Fennell); and many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his father, Edward F. Gannon, and sister-in-law, Lisa Mary Gannon.
A wake is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Ave., in Boonton. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church, at 910 Birch Street, Boonton. Burial will follow at Rockaway Valley Cemetery in Boonton Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad, PO Box 16, Boonton, NJ 07005.