Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi Somerset Republican, 69, was leader in General Assembly, former Hillsborough mayor, freeholder : Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ) - Saturday, November 12, 2011
Deceased Name: Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi Somerset Republican, 69, was leader in General Assembly, former Hillsborough mayor, freeholder
Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi, 69, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 10, 2011. Assemblyman Biondi was with his family at the time of his death.
Visitation hours will be Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville, N.J.
Church services will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, at the United Reformed Church of Somerville, 100 W. Main St., Somerville. Visitation at the church will be between 11 a.m. and noon. The funeral service will follow at noon. A private burial for family members will follow the funeral service.
A reception in remembrance of Assemblyman Biondi will immediately follow the church services at Ciao Bello Ristorante, 156 N. Gaston Ave., Somerville.
Born in Newark, N.J., in 1942, Assemblyman Biondi was raised in Union, N.J., and later moved to Hillsborough, N.J., where he resided for 35 years.
His family, community service and politics were the cornerstones of his life.
Assemblyman Biondi was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to his wife of 47 years, Joan; his two children, Jennifer and Peter, and his grandchildren.
He will be remembered for his timeless advocacy on behalf of his constituents in the 16th Legislative District and for his desire to help those in need.
Assemblyman Biondi served in the United States Army Reserve from 1961 until 1967. In 1983, he won his first election to the Hillsborough Township Committee and served as mayor from 1986 to 1993. In 1994, Assemblyman Biondi was elected to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where he served until 1997. In 1997, Assemblyman Biondi began a 14-year career in the state legislature. He was reelected seven times. During his tenure in the Legislature, Assemblyman Biondi held numerous positions, including assistant Republican leader, deputy conference leader and Republican conference leader.
In addition to his leadership positions, Assemblyman Biondi also served on the Human Services Committee, the Regulated Professions and Independent Authorities Committee, the Budget Committee and the Transportation Committee. Assemblyman Biondi was dedicated to community service. Over the years, he was active in the following organizations: The Resource Center for Women and their Families, the N.J. State Fire Engine Museum, The Otto Gasell Foundation, the Somerset County Governing Officials Association, the Somerset Alliance for the Future, the N.J. State P.B.A., the N.J. Conference of Mayors, the N.J. Mayors Association, the N.J. League of Municipalities, the N.J. Board of Recreation Examiners, the N.J. Library Association and the Governor's Council on Alcoholism.
On the local and county levels, he belonged to the Hillsborough/ Millstone Municipal Alliance Committee, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, the Somerville Elks, the Adult Daycare Center, the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women and the Neshanic Volunteer Fire Company. In Hillsborough, he was a member of the Volunteer Fire Companies 1, 2 and 3, the Youth Services Committee, the Rescue Squad, the Boys Football Association, the Little League and the RAIDER Touchdown Association.
Other affiliations included the Jewish Federation, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes and the American Legislative Exchange Council. In addition to his duties, Assemblyman Biondi enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and mentoring young candidates in his hometown of Hillsborough. He believed in the merits of young people getting involved in government in an effort to make their communities a better place. Assemblyman Biondi is survived by his wife, Joan (formerly Aspinall); his two children, Jennifer and Peter; two grandchildren, Jason and Matthew, and a sister, Madeline Morehouse of Waretown, N.J. He was predeceased by his sister, Roseanne Moreno.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be directed to the Resource Center of Somerset, the Neshanic Fire Company or the Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Companies 1, 2 and 3.
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