EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of former East Rutherford Mayor James Plosia, who died one day short of his 84th birthday Tuesday at the Madison Street home where he lived nearly all his life.
"Jimmy was a hard-working man who always extended himself to people in need," said Police Chief Larry Minda, who visited with Plosia's wife, Carolan,Tuesday night. "Anybody had a problem or an issue, Jimmy would drop what he was doing and help, no matter who it was.
"I knew him from the time we were kids. He'd be down at the basketball court," Minda said. "You live in a town your whole life, you all feel like family."
No public services were scheduled for Plosia, according to his wishes.
Plosia, a standout basketball player as a teen, served as mayor for 26 of his more than 30 years of public service. He operated a construction business after serving with the U.S. Army in Korea and is a 1995 Gold Member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Mayors Hall of Fame.
Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.