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Forked River Veteran’s Dying Wish Granted in Photo Exhibit at Southern Ocean Medical Center

Army veteran Joseph Aulert of Forked River died on Friday, his 52nd birthday and Veterans Day, at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, just hours after his dying wish, to exhibit and sell his photography, came true thanks to a fast-acting group of caring healthcare professionals.

Aulert’s hospice social worker, Cherie Harrington, described him as a deeply philosophical man with a strong presence and a certain connectedness with his surroundings that shone through in his natural eye for photographic subject matter, composition and light. Nature was a favorite subject; the serene imagery he captured, much of it from Long Beach Island but also Maine, Mount Rushmore and other travel destinations, was enhanced by his poetic manner of speaking about his work, she said.

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PHOTO: Photographed by Jack Reynolds.