Russell E. Nugent, 66, of Cedar Grove, a Verona teacher for 33 years, died Monday, March 29, 2010. At last night’s Board of Education meeting in Verona, board member Michael Unis cited Nugent, who taught him in the fifth grade, as an inspiration for his own teaching career. Unis recalled Nugent dressing up as Superman on Halloween and his fascination with Titanic lore. “He was a wonderful man,” Unis said.
Nugent, widely known as “Rusty”, was born in Montclair and lived in Cedar Grove for over 63 years. Rusty taught at the H.B. Whitehorne, Forest Avenue and Laning Avenue schools in Verona before retiring in 1999.
He was a member of the Community Church of Cedar Grove and the First Congregational Church of Montclair, and sang in both of their choirs. Rusty was the beloved son of the late Edward and Virginia (Roper) Nugent; loving brother of Sheri Nugent-Ward, Gary Nugent, and the late Bruce Nugent, and dear uncle of Bruce and Laura Nugent.
Visiting will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave. (Route 23), Cedar Grove. Services are on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd., Cedar Grove. Cremation is at Rosedale Crematory in Orange.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd., Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009.