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Posted Monday, December 17th, 2018

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders offer their deepest sympathy to the family of former state Sen. John Dorsey, who passed away today at the age of 80.Freeholders' Statement on Passing of Former State. Sen. John H. Dorsey

Sen. Dorsey was a dedicated public servant who loved his state and county, and put his strong imprint on state government during his 18 years in the Legislature, serving in the State Assembly from 1976 to 1978 and in the state Senate from 1978 to 1994.

He also provided legal services to Morris County numerous municipalities, with especially long service to Hanover and Mount Olive townships, and government agencies, including the Morris County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund.

He also was a founding partner of the law firm of Dorsey & Semrau, which has long been headquartered in the Town of Boonton. We concur with the message posted today on the law firm’s website, which reads, “Mentor, Friend, Attorney and Public Servant.”

Sen. Dorsey will be missed by his colleagues in the legal and political community, to whom he long offered his wisdom and knowledge.  The Board of Freeholders regret his passing and offer our condolences to his family and friends.


Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Dangler, Lewis & Carey Funeral Home, 312 W Main St, Boonton on Friday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and  7 to 9 p.m.

There will be a service at St. John’s Church, 226 Cornelia St, Boonton, on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Whitehall Methodist Church Cemetery, Towaco.