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Compton, Sr. Douglas F. September 1, 1943 - September 12, 2021

Retired Irvington Detective
Douglas F. Compton, Sr.
Hope, NJ

Detective Douglas Compton, 78 of Hope, NJ formerly of Chester, NJ passed away on September 12, 2021 at his residence.

Doug was born in Rahway, NJ on September 1, 1943. He is the son of the late Louis, Sr. and Ethel Compton.

He was the husband of Irene (Carlson). This past July they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Doug was a graduate of West Side High School in Newark, NJ and later graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove, NJ being employed by the Irvington Police Department for 25 years, retiring at the rank of Detective. Through his career he received numerous commendations from the police department along with recognition for the business owners within the township. Off-duty Doug found interest in photography of trains (Lehigh Valley), fire trucks and assembling a massive train layout in his basement.

In addition to his devotion and loving wife Irene, Doug is survived by his daughter Michele and his grandson Brogan Wooley, son Douglas, Jr. and his wife Kristin and two granddaughters Kylie and Katie. In addition, his sister May and brother-in-law Waco Delarosa, brother-in-law David and sister-in-law Denise Carlson. Numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in death by his brothers: Louis, Jr., Jack, Carl, William, Richard, Robert, Thomas and sister Ethel Torchia, Shirley Hother and Betty Selby and granddaughter Courtney Compton.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021, with a celebration of Doug’s Life at 3:00 pm.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 95 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to National Alliance of Mental Illness
NAMI Warren County, NJ – 201 Strykers Road, Suite 19 #224, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, in memory of Doug.


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    TR Kimpland says

    So, truly sorry for your loss.

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    Frances Garcia says

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved father. May the Lord give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

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      Michele Wooley says

      Thank you so much, Frances!

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    Eddie and Ingrid Kraska says

    Irene and Family..sending you our
    deepest heartfelt sympathy. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Eddie and Ingrid Kraska

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    Michael Pellegrino says

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

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    Chris & Steve says

    My husband and I had many opportunities to frequent Serenity for breakfast and Doug was always there to greet us.. He always blessed us with his jokes which definitely made our day and resulted in much laughter. He will be truly missed! Our sincere condolences are coming your way.

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    Robert Scheetz says

    Doug helped me out when my father passed (Floyd Scheetz). He made a very difficult time more tolerable, assisting with me with obtaining life insurance and benefit pay outs. He was a truly caring man. May he rest in peace.
    To the family of Doug, My deepest sympathy for your loss.

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    michael says

    Doug was a great cop and a really good person/. I worked with him for many years and found him to be one of the best. Rest in Peace my friend. Condolences to all family members and loved ones.

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    John says

    There wasn’t a better man than Doug. He left his mark on this world to be remembered forever.

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    Steven Palamara says

    I offer my sincere condolences. I apologize for not making it to the services but I have need battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since February 2021 and am in shape.

    Doug was always a well liked and respected member of the Irvington Police Department. I always liked him and he would accomplish anything he was asked to do and do it well.
    If I can help in any way please email me at

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    Crystal Card says

    I am truly sorry for your loss, I can only imagine how hard these last few weeks have been for you and the family. We are happy to have you on the team and like your spunk!

    Your father sounded like a great man, I hope you always remember the good times and smile when you think of him.

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