Remembering Members of The Arc Family

January 28th, 2021

Phillip Milici joined The Arc of Essex County family as a young boy when he began attending Camp Hope.  He would later enroll in The Arc’s day programs and become a 30-year resident, most recently calling the Cedar Grove group home, home.  Phillip was well known for his enthusiastic hugs, embracing his family, friends, and many staff who had the privilege of knowing him.  He enjoyed bowling, listening to Elvis Presley, socializing with his peers, watching westerns, comedies and action movies, and owned an exceptionally large DVD collection.  He will be missed.

Heaven’Lee Glover joined The Arc of Essex County when she and her family enrolled in the Shapiro Center for Early Intervention in July 2019.  Although born at 25 weeks gestation, Heaven’Lee was a strong willed, spirited little girl who always had a smile for everyone.  Heaven’Lee’s care team including physical, speech, and occupational therapists, a child development specialist, and her social worker are devastated by her unexpected loss.

Robert “Murph” Murphy joined The Arc of Essex County more than 30 years ago when he became a driver for The Arc’s Day Services and Respite programs. There was not a task he ever turned down and could often be found working and helping in other departments at The Arc.  A quiet man, Mr. Murphy had many close relationships with staff and consumers alike.  He leaves a void in The Arc of Essex County family cannot be filled.

The Arc of Essex County conveys its condolences to the Milici, Glover, and Murphy families and their extended Arc family during this difficult time. If you would like to make a donation to The Arc of Essex County in their memory, please visit and note that your donation is in memory of Phillip, Heaven’Lee, or Mr. Murphy – an acknowledgement of your tribute will be sent to family members.