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South Brunswick Mayor Christopher Killmurray dead at 55

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — South Brunswick Mayor Brian Killmurray, 55, died approximately one-year after taking over for the last mayor who died while in office, Frank Gambatese, 81.

Killmurray passed surrounded by family at home on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer.

South Brunswick Mayor Christopher J. Killmurray died April 8, 2018. (South Brunswick Township Police Department)

"I will miss him as a mayor, I will miss him as a friend,” Township Manager Bernard Hvozdovic said.

Gambatese died after a brief illness.

The double-loss has left the mayor’s seat abruptly empty once again. But Killmurray didn’t just serve as the town's mayor. As an attorney, he provided pro-bono legal services to the Central Jersey Boy Scout. He also taught Sunday school and was a member at his local Veterans of Foreign Wars and Irish-American Association. Friends remember him as someone who was always ready to give back or lend a helping hand.

"Even in his last week, when you went over there and you said, ‘so-and-so said to say hi’, he said, ‘how’s he doing? Does he need anything? Let me know,’” Hvozdovic said.

But his biggest civic passion was the public library. He donated to help expand the building and he served on the board of trustees.

"Our front desk at the library is named in honor of his mom Lynne,” Chris Carbone, the library director, said. "[She]was a librarian in Woodbridge for many years, the town where he grew up.”

A viewing will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in South Brunswick, with a funeral service to follow on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.