Detective Eric C. Ransom
United States Marine & Army Veteran
Loved By All Who Met Him
Eric C. Ransom, 62, of Nutley, NJ, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue, on Wednesday, April 26, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cremation will be held privately.
Our heart is heavy, as we have lost a mentor and coworker, Eric C. Ransom, Detective with the Juvenile Aid Bureau. To know Eric was to love Eric. He started his career in law enforcement in 1994 after graduating from Essex County Police Academy and becoming a law enforcement officer with the Nutley Police Department.
Eric transferred to the Woodbridge Police Department in 1999. He quickly became a monumental figure within our department, especially once he entered the Juvenile Aid Bureau. Eric served the community with “tough love” and treated every juvenile he encountered as if they were one of his own. He would let a kid know that they “messed up", but he would also work with them in an effort to get them on a good life path.
Eric was instrumental in The Junior Police Academy program, where he served as a lead drill instructor for more than 10 years. This was where his hard work and dedication really shined. He was both a drill instructor and father figure to so many young men and women. He poured his heart and soul into the youth of our community on a daily basis. If there was one person you did not let down, it was Detective Ransom.
His love for the community spilled into the numerous boys and girls programs, most of which catered to middle and high school students in need. Along with his best friend and partner, Woodbridge Police Detective Mark Zeno. Eric was a mentor to teenagers in need of guidance and discipline. His efforts successfully set many young people in the right direction, changing their outlook on life and helping them move away from defiant behavior. His energy and love were unmatched.
As if his resume and character weren’t impressive enough, Eric was also a member of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army, with 38 years of dedicated service. His love for his country also led him to become a proud member and main figure in the North Jersey Young Marines Program.
The world would be a better place if it were filled with Eric Ransoms. We should be humbly reminded that while that may be true, it wouldn’t have made Eric as special as he was. There was no truer statement than that.
All of our love goes out to Detective Ransom’s family. We know if he left this type of impression on his colleagues and the community, he was even more special to his family. He left big shoes for his co-workers to fill, and they will do their best to carry on his legacy.
In Eric’s Honor, the family requests that you do something nice for someone.
Detective Eric C. Ransom End of Watch: 4/19/2023
Eric is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (nee Reid) Ransom; his children Jenae and wife Malka and son Eric Ransom Jr.; his dearest siblings Catherine Knibbs, Lillie Furqan and husband Terrence, James Williams, Vincent Ransom and his wife Tarin, and Barbara Gregory. Eric is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eric's memory to:
The North Jersey Young Marines, c/o John Eberhardt, 25 Maple Road, Iselin, NJ 08830
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North Jersey Young Marines, c/o John Eberhardt
25 Maple Road, Iselin NJ 08830