Gordon Bruce Bishop, of Eatontown, NJ passed away peacefully on April 24, 2018, surrounded
by the love of his family. Gordon was born on January 1, 1938 and raised by Freda Royms
Bishop and Charles Edward Bishop in Hackensack with his predeceased sister Delores Bishop
Dutra and his brother Edward Bishop.
Gordon married the love of his life and soul mate, Jeanne Reed, on June 30, 1962 and they were together until her death in 2013. They had two daughters, Jennifer Bishop Spencer of Wall and Elizabeth Homer of Sea Bright. The family
lived in Eatontown.
Gordon was a truly amazing husband, father and grandfather. He blessed his family with
unconditional love until the day he died. He shared a very strong bond with his granddaughters,
Caroline and Julia Spencer of Wall and Maddy Homer of Seabright. He also loved his
son-in-law, Kevin Homer.
He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC from 1956-1957. In 1959 he
began his career as journalist for the North Jersey Herald News. He graduated Rutgers in 1967.
He worked at the Star Ledger in Newark, NJ from 1969-1996. His total commitment to the
environment led to him to being a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1971. He was the recipient of 8
Congressional Commendations, 12 National and 15 State journalism awards, including New
Jersey's 1st Journalist of the Year, 4 time winner of New Jersey Society of Professional
Journalists Public Service Award, recipient of the United State’s 1st Annual Media Award, The
NJ Governor’s Award of Excellence and the unprecedented five-time consecutive winner of the
Scripps-Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award (1971-1975) and too many more to
mention. He was host of New Jersey Issues weekly syndicated TV program from 1988-1996.
He was in Who’s Who in America since 1976 and Who’s Who in the World in 2008. He is also
the national-award winning author of 13 books, including Gateway to America, the official state
book of The Statue of Liberty, which is sill sold in stores all over. After retiring from The Star
Ledger, he began working for Senator Joseph Azzolino in Middletown and worked hard to bring
the USS New Jersey back home, restore it and opening it the public in Camden. He left NJ and
the country a much better place with his 4 decades of tireless public service.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 5-7pm at Braun Funeral
Home, 106 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ. The family would appreciate donations for Alzheimer’s
research instead of flowers. You may easily donate at alz.org