A funeral mass was offered Sept. 7 at St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City, for Vincent James Adler, 80, son of the late Henry J. and Veronica E. Miller of Monroe Township, formerly of Jersey City. He passed away peacefully on Sept. 2 surrounded by his family. Vincent was a graduate of Saint Aloysius Grammar School in Jersey City. He served the community as a Jersey City police officer in the S.P.B. motorcycle squad, retiring in 1995. Vinny also could have been found at the Hudson Mall or 880 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City where he ran a security detail. As an avid sports enthusiast, he ran the Jersey City Police Softball League as well as Touch Football League. He was a former president of the Hudson County Umpire’s Association, often umpiring girls’ softball and volleyball. For over 25 years, his greatest accomplishment was as a philanthropist serving the NJ Special Olympics at charity events including the police Torch Run, Polar Plunge, Plane Pull and the Summer Games.
In 2004, he was inducted into the Law Enforcement Torch Run Wall of Recognition for his superior commitment to the mission of the Special Olympics. In 2009, he was awarded the John Carion “Unsung Hero” award for his outstanding contribution to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. Additionally, he served in his retirement on the State Committee as a liaison between the Jersey City Police Dept. and the NJ Special Olympics Torch Run.
Vincent is survived by his wife Carol and his three daughters: Susan Adler Small, Kelly Squitieri (Eugene) and Amy Szczepanski (Joe). He is also survived by the pride and joy of his life, his four grandchildren: Brendan and Tyler Squitieri, Julia and Emily Szczepanski, as well as nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his son, Baby John Adler and his brothers, Dennis Miller, Christopher Miller and sister, Veronica Allen.
Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.