Joseph B. McDermott, 70, Former West Orange Tavern Owner
- Deceased's name: Joseph B. McDermot
Joseph B. McDermott of Hobe Sound, FL and Champion, NY, former owner of the Time Out bar in West Orange, died on July 5. He was 70. McDermott grew up in the Roseville Section of Newark and later lived in Montville for many years. An outstanding basketball player, in 1959 McDermott won a full Scholarship to Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business. He was an all time leading scorer and his number, 54, was retired in his honor. McDermott was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1963 and was inducted into Belmont Abbey's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. After earning his degree, he became Director of Recreational Therapy at Overbrook Hospital in Cedar Grove, where he met his future wife, Wally Sellars, who was a nurse. McDermott continued to play basketball after the workday, with the Iron Dukes and the New York Athletic Club. After McDermott's two sons, Ryan and Aran were born, he turned his energies to the restaurant and bar trade in the early 1970s. He was the proprietor of The Locker Room in Cedar Grove and Time Out in West Orange, and later Harrigan's in Montville and the Columbia Inn, which his sons still operate. McDermott was a devoted husband and father, and enjoyed golfing and spending time on Barnegat Bay.