Hugh Riley Rone, 19, of South Amboy, a cousin of Jill Gray, graphic designer for The Catholic Spirit, died May 31 in a motorcycle accident on the Garden State Parkway.
He was a lifelong resident of South Amboy and a 2015 graduate of South Amboy High School, where he played on the varsity soccer, baseball and basketball teams. He was named Co-Athlete of the Year in 2015 along with his lifelong friend, Tim Kales. He was a student at Middlesex County College, Edison, going on to Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, to fulfill his lifelong dream, since the age of 3, of becoming a funeral director like his Daddy.
He was employed by his family business, The Gundrum Service “Home for Funerals” and also worked as a lifeguard for Sun & Surf. He was a communicant at St. Mary Parish, South Amboy.
He was a true patriot and lover of history and his country, and looked forward to voting for the first time in the upcoming election. An accomplished athlete, he played basketball at St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart Catholic Youth Organization and South Amboy Recreation; baseball for The Gundrum Service Little League Team, the Sayreville Riverdogs, American Legion Post 62, South Amboy and was an All Division Baseball Player his junior and senior years; South Amboy Indoor Soccer, played on Sayreville Phoenix travel soccer team and South Amboy High School, where he was team caption and played on the Division Championship team his senior year with his sister, Regan Rone, as head coach, receiving All Division Soccer Player.
He is the grandson of the late Jane and Bernard Reszkowski and Hedwig and Henry Zawistowski, and is survived by his parents, Hugh G. and Barbara Zawistowski Rone; sisters Ryan Moran and her husband Sean, Randi Simonetti and her husband James, and Regan Rone; a niece, Maisie, and nephews Anthony, James and Rory.
A funeral Mass was celebrated June 6 at St. Mary Church, South Amboy. Interment was at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Amboy Policemen’s Benevolent Association.