The Department for Persons with Disabilities Family is proud to announce that we will be honoring New Jersey State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus, Bruce DeMolli at our February 21st Murray House Dinner Dance. www.dpd.org/murray.
For Bruce De Molli, a commitment to service with the Knights of Columbus began in 1984 when he joined the Our Lady of the Highway Council #3835 in Little Falls. He proceeded through the chairs and held all officer positions through 1994. He served two terms as Grand Knight from 1991 through 1993, achieving Star Council in both terms.
Recognizing his leadership skills, Bruce was appointed District Deputy in 1994 and served in that position until 1998. During his tenure as District Deputy, he was instrumental in the formation of two new councils; Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary # 11943 in Wayne and Immaculata Council #12211 in Clifton.
Bruce's accomplishments were recognized when he received the District Deputy Gold Award and the District Deputy Circle of Honor Award in May of 1997. For his efforts in the establishment of two new councils, Bruce was awarded the new Council Award by Supreme in March of 1997 and again in April of 1998. His efforts in membership were also acknowledged when he received the Quick Start Award in September of 1997 and was appointed as State Membership Director by then State Deputy Donald E. Ryan.
Bruce has served two terms as Recorder for the Paterson Federation and then as Federation Chairman from 2004 to 2006. He is a member of Msgr. Stein Assembly #645 in Woodland Park. Bruce served as State Program Director for State Deputy Thomas Ciborski from 2007 to 2009.
A tireless and dedicated brother Knight, Bruce has served the Order as Youth Director, Free Throw and Spelling Bee Regional Chairman, State Warden, State Advocate, State Treasurer, State Secretary and now as State Deputy.
Bruce is a graduate of Seton Hall University majoring in Business. He worked in various departments for the General Foods Corporation in Clifton, N.J. for twenty five years until its closing in 1999. Bruce then moved on to teaching computers and psychology at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Paterson until its closing in June 2001. He then accepted a position at Public School #27 in Paterson, teaching computer skills to students K through 8th grade. He earned his degree in teaching from Montclair University in 2003. Bruce retired from teaching in July of 2011.
Bruce is a member of Our Lady of Holy Angels Church in Little Falls and has taught CCD and confirmation classes. He was also a Bingo caller for 10 years. His church and community have befitted from his involvement with scouting programs for over 25 years at St. Brendan's Church in Clifton serving as Assistant Scoutmaster for the cub scouts, boy scouts and explorers. He started and served as Scoutmaster for Troop #27 in Paterson from 2002 to 2006.
In recognition for his faithful service to his Church, and community, Bruce was honored in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI as a Knight of Saint Gregory.
He met the love of his life Anna Lugo, in 1969, while working at Staff Good Deal Supermarkets in Clifton and they were married in October 1972. Anna worked in the Paterson School district for 38 years before retiring in January 2008 as Assistant Superintendent. Anna has earned two masters degrees, one each from Rutgers and Columbian University as well as a Doctorate degree from Columbia University in 1992. Bruce and Anna have two grandchildren, Tyler who is 9 years old and Maya who is three.
Bruce loves the outdoors, especially fishing and camping and appreciates a "...Fine scotch and a good cigar..."
Bruce has been a member of the Department for Persons with Disabilities' Board of Trustees for the last 5 years and in that time, the Knights of Columbus in the Paterson Federation and beyond have raised more funds and have donated more volunteer hours than ever before. Bruce is a true "Catholic Gentleman" who has always been eager to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Please consider supporting DPD and honoring Bruce by attending the Dinner Dance or taking out an ad in the souvenir journal. Visit www.dpd.org/murray for more information or call 973-406-1104. Vivat Jesus!