Retired Police Captain Mourned

Capt. Gerald LaStella (Photo courtesy

  SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Friends and family of Capt. Gerald LaStella will remember his life and service to the borough.

  LaStella passed away peacefully at home on Christmas, surrounded by family, at the age of 83.

  Viewing will be Monday, January 4, from 4-8 p.m. at Timothy E. Ryan’s Home For Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd, Toms River. The funeral is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5 at St. Catherine’s Church in Seaside Park. Repass will follow at noon at Bum Rogers, Central Avenue, South Seaside Park.

  According to his obituary, he grew up in West Orange before moving to Ocean County. He started his police career working part time as a dispatcher for Seaside Heights. He worked through the ranks, retiring as captain. He served as Chief Police Instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy until retirement.

  “He had a passion for his profession and cared immensely for the thousands of police officers and recruits that he taught and mentored over the years,” the obituary read.

  He had served in the Army National Reserves, Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company, PBA Local 252, and International Association of Chiefs of Police.

  An outpouring of support came from people reminiscing on social media about his dedication to his job, his love of serving people, and how he treated others like family.