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South Amboy Remembers Ed Paczkowski

Lifelong South Amboy Resident Passed Away March 12th

By: Joseph L. Kuchie

SOUTH AMBOY – The city of South Amboy held a moment of silence and reflected on the life of late resident Ed Paczkowski at last Wednesday’s city council meeting.

Paczkowski, 78, was a lifelong resident of South Amboy whose family owned Frank’s Meat Market and then Foodtown on Bordentown Ave. for decades up until his retirement in 2012. Mayor Fred Henry spoke highly of Paczkowski’s dedication to both his family and the city.

“My condolences go out to the Paczkowski family. They lost a great husband, a father, and South Amboy lost a great friend,” Henry said.  “He will be missed.”

The South Amboy council echoed Mayor Henry’s comments, thanking Paczkowski for his dedication to the city.

“He was certainly a true South Amboyan,” Business Administrator Camille Tooker said. “He was there for anyone who ever needed anything. He will truly be missed.”

“Ed was a wonderful guy, a good volunteer, and a dedicated family man,” Councilman Tom Reilly added.

Paczkowski was a member of a number of groups and organizations in South Amboy including the Cardinal McCarrick High School Advisory Board, the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame Committee, the South Amboy Trust Company Board, and the St. Mary’s Eagles Athletic Association. Paczkowski was also named South Amboy’s Citizen of the Year in 1990, Chamber of Commerce Business Man of the Year in 2002, and was named the Middlesex County Grand Marshall of the 2007 Pulaski Day Parade in New York City.

Councilwoman Zusette Dato and Councilman Donald Applegate were not in attendance for the council meeting. The next city council meeting will take place on April 20th at 7:00 p.m.

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