Maurice Osborne, a former Montclair resident, died on July 29, 2017.
Services were held Aug. 4 at Martin’s Home for Services in Montclair.
Mr. Osborne spent his early childhood in New York City before moving with his family to Newark where he attended the Newark Public School System. He later moved to Montclair.
He graduated from Essex County Vocational and Technical High School in Bloomfield, where he was a star on the basketball team.
Mr. Osborne entered the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. After the war he married his high school sweetheart.
Mr. Osborne worked several machinist jobs for many years and while working took night classes at Bloomfield College to become a draftsman. He worked for National Tool for more than 13 years in Mountainside. In the early 1990s, he went to work for Curtis Wright in New Jersey, and in the late 1990s, worked for the Newark Housing Authority before relocating with his family to Manassas, Virginia, in 1998.
He retired in 2015 from Inovalon in Bowie, Maryland. Shortly after retiring, Mr. Osborne and his family moved to Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Mr. Osborne loved to watch basketball and football. He was a lover of music and a force to reckon with on the dance floor. He was a longtime member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where he sang in the men’s choir.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald and Dorothy Osborne; his son Rashawn Omar Osborne; his sister, Elva Osborne; his brother Robert Osborne Sr.; his niece Dawn Black-Mattis; and nephew Brett Osborne.
Mr. Osborne is survived by Eleanor M. Osborne, his wife of 46 years; his son Maurice Jr. and his wife, Crystal; his daughter, Aleia, and her husband, Antwain; and his granddaughters, Janna and Bria.
He is also survived by his goddaughter, Jaida; his brother Reginald Jr. and his wife, Marian; his brother Shey and his wife, Alicia; his brother Lee and his wife, Monique; by his nephews Robert Jr., Clarence Sr., Roderick, Elijah, Gabriel, and Robert; his nieces Wanda, Felicia, Yvette, Quadira, Quanajah, and Quamisha; by elder Dolores White and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.