Patrolman Brian T. Kern


Brian T. Kern, 25, of Andover Township died Monday, April 19, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, Sussex Turnpike, Randolph. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Green Township. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 54 High St., Newton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at Born in Newton, Brian was raised in Andover Township. He was a 2003 graduate of Newton High School, a 2006 graduate of Seton Hall, where he graduated with honors, and was also a 2006 graduate of the Essex County Police Academy. Brian was a police officer with the Andover Township Police Department. He had previously worked as a dispatcher for the Hopatcong and South Orange police departments, and also worked as a deputy sheriff for Essex County. A member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph, Brian was a former member of the Lakeland Emergency Squad. Brian was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Edna and Charles Kern, and his maternal grandfather, John F. Gornick. He is survived by his parents, Janice and Bob Kern, of Andover Township; his brother, Danny Kern, of Andover Township, who is also a police officer with the Andover Township Police Department; the love of his life, Caitlin Meskill, of Durham, Conn.; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Gornick, of Manchester Township, and his godmother, Gertrude Mullaney, of Dover. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Garden State COPS, P.O. Box 504, Mays Landing, N.J. 08330.      


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