9 of the most famous people buried in New Jersey
From the inventor of the lightbulb to the "Father of Punk," the Garden State is a resting place for entertainers and innovators alike. If you think we forgot about these household names, you're dead wrong.
Check out our list to find out where the most famous people in NJ are buried, and how they kicked the bucket.
Joey Ramone, lead singer in the punk rock band "The Ramones" and counterculture icon, was born in Queens, NY in 1951. He is now buried in Hillside Cemetery located in Lyndhurst, Bergen County after dying of lymphoma at age 49. He had been fighting cancer for more than six years.
Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the U.S., was born and buried in New Jersey. Before serving as president, Cleveland spent two years as governor of New York. Seventy-one years after being born in Caldwell, NJ, Cleveland was buried in Princeton Cemetery after dying of a heart attack in 1908.
Famous American poet Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, NY in 1819. In 1879, he suffered partial paralysis and moved to his brother's home in Camden. Thirteen years later, he died of pleurisy at age 72 and was buried in Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ. Today, Walt Whitman's home, where he wrote poetry until he died, still stands in Camden.
This British comedian and actor was most known for his roles in Arthur (1981), 10 (1979) and Foul Play (1978). In 1999, Moore announced that he was suffering from a degenerative brain disorder known as supranuclear palsy. Shortly after, he moved to a new home in Plainfield, NJ, where he died in 2002. He is now buried in Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains.
Whitney Houston, born in Newark, NJ in 1963, rose to fame after releasing her first album (Whitney) at the age of 22 in 1987. Houston, whose mother was a successful gospel singer, grew up in the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. When she died in 2012, Houston's remains were carried to the Newark church before the funeral service. She was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ.
Born in 1913, Vince Lombardi, the football coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967, is widely considered to be one of the most successful professional football coaches in history. He actually got his start in New Jersey, where he got a job as head football coach for St. Cecilia's High School in Englewood, NJ in 1939. Lombardi died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 57 and was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Middletown, NJ.
The famous inventor began his career in Newark, NJ, with his invention of the phonograph in 1877 being the first to gain him recognition. Edison went on to invent the light bulb, carbon microphone and telegraph. He also built the first industrial research lab in Menlo Park, NJ. In 1931, at the age of 84, Edison died from diabetes. Edison is buried behind his home in Llewelyn Park in West Orange, NJ.
Howard was the first African-American baseball player on the Yankees, making his major league debut in 1955. In 1963, he was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the first African American to earn that recognition. After being diagnosed with myocarditis, a rare heart disease, he died in 1980 at the age of 55. He is buried in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus in Bergen County.
The American business women, whose cosmetic company made her the richest self-made woman in the world at one point, was buried in New Jersey. Lauder and her husband founded Estee Lauder Co. in 1946 selling mainly skin cream. The beautician died in 2004 of a cardiovascular disease and is buried in Beth-El Cemetery in Paramus.