In Memory

Darren Cardinal

Darren Cardinal, 56, died on Aug. 9, 2009, at home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 10:15 a.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, 46 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bradley, Smith and Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081. For further information or to send a message of condolence, please go to Born in Summit, Darren lived in Springfield and Summit before moving to New Providence 12 years ago. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he frequently traveled to Canada, Alaska, Florida and New England. He was a licensed boat captain and loved spending time fishing with his sons. Darren was a reptile breeder and was skilled at the art of crafting his own fishing rods. He was also very involved in the Hudson River Youth Anglers Program and was a member of the Hudson River Fishing Association and St. James the Apostle Church. When he wasn't spending time outdoors, he was a self-employed real estate broker. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Predeceased by his parents, Frank and Lillian, he is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; his children, Brett Cardinal and his wife, Aja, Lacey Cardinal, Mollie and Courtney Rosenkrantz and Brenden Cardinal, and his grandchildren, Logan, Parker and Grace Cardinal. Also surviving are his sisters, Diane Cardinal-Seidel and her husband, Scott, and Debra McGovern and her husband, Patrick; his nieces and nephews, Caitlin, Kevin, Adam and Alexis, and his aunt, Edna Cook. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to HRFA NJ Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 421, Cresskill, N.J. 07626.

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08/07/14 03:00 PM #1    

Dennis DeLeonard

Darren was my first friend as far as I can remember. Early on Milltown Road was a narrow back road with open fields and nurseries. The only homes on the block were the ones near the Rahway River and those closer to Meisel Ave. 

In between was our house and the Cardinals house and nursery. We played  a lot in those fields, also along the Rahway River and latter in the developments as they were being built. Lots of fun, scrapes and dirt.  Darren's dad Frank raised Golden retrievers. Always enjoyed playing with the new puppies. And memories of bike riding, tree climbing, birthday parties..all the kid stuff....As we grew up we drifted but I  will always remember Darren as my first real friend.




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