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Estate Sale At Joe Hillman’s House

July 17th, 18th and 19th.

Please go buy something.


I’m sure many of you knew Joe Hillman, an attorney in town and a former Belmar committeeman.  My wife and I originally met him when he did some legal work for us and we learned he had adopted girls from overseas just like we had.  In later years I had become friendly with him because our paths often crossed when we were walking our dogs.  I always enjoyed seeing him and chatting with him.  He really knew a lot about Belmar.

Terribly sadly his family was visited by tragedy several times recently.  In April 2012 he lost his wife and then in October of that year one of his daughters died while away at college.  Last year Joe was hit and killed by a van while crossing Rt 71 in Brielle with his dog.

His other daughter is the only surviving member of his immediate family and I presume she will receive all the proceeds from the estate sale.

I plan to go buy a few things, won’t you please go too?

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517 5th Ave, corner E Street.

Craigs List ad here.


  1. everyones for sale wrote:

    As long as Doherty isn’t running it, you can trust the money will go to what it is advertised for.

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 9:42 am | Permalink
  2. Marie Sheppard f wrote:

    Joe was also a council person for the boro of Belmar

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Weren’t they called committeemen then?

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Very nice of you to publicize this, wish I had seen it then. Is the sale still on?

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    It’s the weekend after next.

    BTW, the APP had a nicely written obit about Joe when he died last year:

    Joseph James Hillman Jr., Esq., 70, of Belmar, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Brielle from injuries sustained in an accident. Joseph was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, raised in Tinton Falls, NJ and graduated from Red Bank High School. He resided in Belmar for over 45 years. He had been a Belmar lifeguard during his summers while attending Emory University and American University, Washington College of Law.

    Joseph was admitted to the NJ bar in 1969. After an internship at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, he was associated with the Reussille law firm in Red Bank. He later moved his practice to the Belmar area and served his clients as a solo practitioner and with the Belmar firms of Hillman, Carey, Badach & Sullivan and Hillman & Sullivan, and the Ocean Grove firm of Hillman, Hundley, Parry and Fallon. He also served the public as a member of the Belmar Board of Commissioners, Director of Public Safety, as Belmar Borough Attorney, and as Director of the State Office of Legal Services in the Department of Community Affairs during Governor William Cahill’s Administration. He was a past president of the Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club and a member of the Monmouth County, Southern Monmouth County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.

    Joseph was predeceased by his wife, Carol Rose (Hoesel) Hillman in April 2012; his daughter, Gabrielle Rose Hillman in October 2012; his brother, Richard Hillman in December 2013; and his father, Joseph J. Hillman Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Grace Hillman; his mother, Evelyn (nee Wall) Hillman; his brother, the Honorable Noel L. Hillman; his sister, Laura Scarpetti; his sister-in-law and her husband, Linda and Gunther Schmiedl; his fiancée, Nancy Borches-Wallace; his faithful dog, Riley, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. – See more at:

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

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