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Jerome “Jerry” Some, the owner of Some’s Uniforms on Hackensack’s Main Street, was struck by a car and killed near his home on Prospect Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. He was 87.
Hackensack’s Police Director Michael Mordaga informed the city council of the tragedy shortly before the 8 p.m. public meeting. After the tragedy was announced to those in attendance, a moment of silence was observed in his honor.
Mordaga said Some was killed as he crossed Prospect in the middle of the block on the way to a meeting. The driver, a 63-year-old woman, who police will not identify, was charged with driving while intoxicated after failing a field sobriety test, Mordaga said. The case is now in the hands of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office which will consider pressing more serious charges such as vehicular manslaughter. Toxicology results will play a factor in that decision, officials said.
Some launched his uniform business in 1956 after returning from serving overseas in World War II. He operated a storefront on Route 17 South in Paramus (later purchased by IKEA) for many years before moving his business to his hometown of Hackensack. He bought the old Womrath’s Book Store, which presently houses Some’s Uniforms and Uniform Fashions. Some served as president of Some’s Uniforms, and his wife, Diane, runs Uniform Fashions.
Some’s Uniforms specializes in gear for law enforcement and government agencies, military, security companies, hospitals, resorts, banks, airports and other facilities with clients across the nation and internationally.
Some was remembered for his love of Hackensack and his philanthropic nature, often donating to local causes. He was an active member of the Upper Main Alliance and worked very closely with the City of Hackensack during the past last eight years to move forward on a redevelopment plan to revitalize the Main Street corridor. Former council members, City Manager Steve Lo Iacono and city planners used Some’s expertise and guidance to draft a viable plan for revitalization.
“I will always remember Jerry as I first knew him, a wonderful father and supportive parent to his son’s friends. He will be missed in so many ways,” said Karen Sasso, former mayor.
Former mayor Michael Melfi was equally distraught.
“Jerry was a great man and a great friend,” said Melfi. “He was always supportive and willing to give you some advice. Jerry was a compassionate man who will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Marlin Townes, also a former mayor, fondly remembered his friendship with Some.
“When my family heard the news last night it came as a shock,” said Townes. “For awhile, all I could think of was the family that I got to know all these years. So I said prayers for them. Then I started thinking about Jerry. For eight years on the council, Jerry was always around, either at some event or meeting. He always had constructive criticism and encouragement. The support he gave to Hackensack will never be forgotten. He will be missed. Rest in peace, good friend.”
Some is survived by his wife Diane and their son, Jason.