StandardBRED breeders & owners association of New Jersey

Representing the drivers, trainers, caretakers, breeders and owners of New Jersey

64 Business Route 33

Manalapan, NJ 07726

Phone: 732-462-2357

Fax: 732-409-0741




October 11 - November 30

Fridays & Saturdays

Post Time - 7:15pm

December 5 - December 28

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

Post Time - 7:15pm


August 30 - December 28

Fridays & Saturdays

Post Time - 12:30pm


-- Leon Zimmerman

TRENTON, NJ -- August 3, 2019 -- Anthony J. Parenti, 87, a longtime former police chief of Fanwood, N.J., and former president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, died Aug. 1, 2019, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J., surrounded by family.

A career police official for 60 years, Mr. Parenti also became involved in harness racing as a horse owner. He was elected to several three-year terms on the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Board of Directors, and elected by his colleagues as president for 14 years of the organization. He was also honored by Harness Horsemen International as man of the year.

He served as Fanwood police chief from 1975 to 1998 and five years as director of the John Stamler Police Academy in Union County. He was a police officer in Plainfield, N.J., one year and for 18 years in Fanwood before becoming chief.

In addition, Mr. Parenti was president of the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police. He established and served as president for 30 years of the New Jersey Traffic Officers Association. In those capacities, he was directly involved in the passage of numerous traffic safety laws in New Jersey and wrote a weekly drive-time column for newspapers in his area.

Mr. Parentiís career in public office continued in his retirement with his election to the Fanwood Borough Council for two three-year terms before retiring.

Born of Italian immigrants, he was raised in Plainfield, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1955 and earned an associates degree at Rutgers College.

He will be sadly missed by his loving family and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sally; children, Anthony Jr., an assistant county prosecutor in Somerset County, William, the current police chief of North Plainfield, N.J., and a candidate for Sheriff of Somerset County and Nancy; two daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday (Aug. 4) at the Fanwood Memorial Home, 155 South Ave., Fanwod. A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday (Aug. 5), from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Catholic Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Bernardís Church, 368 Sumner Ave., Plainfield.

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with his desire to continue to protect and serve, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Fanwood PBA, Fanwood Rescue Squad or Fanwood Fire Department.

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