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Essex County Board of Commissioners President Brendan W. Gill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.)

Adubato Tribute: Brendan Gill

By David Wildstein, October 16 2020 1:18 pm

Essex County Board of Commissioners President Brendan W. Gill  issued the following statement on the death of Newark leader Stephen Adubato, Sr.:

“The communities of Newark and New Jersey have lost an iconic figure. I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Adubato, Sr.”

“Affectionately known as “Big Steve”, he spent his life raising awareness on the importance of education through his work as a teacher, and his leadership on the Newark Teachers’ Union and the New Jersey Federation of Teachers. In addition to his advocacy on behalf of teachers and education, he was a unifying political force in Newark after the riots. His founding of the North Ward Center in 1970 serves as a standing legacy of his service and commitment to the Newark community. As the son of a public school teacher, his actions resonated with me and I consider myself fortunate to have received guidance and mentorship from him through the personal relationship we formed through the years.”

“On behalf of my family, I offer my heartfelt condolences to his wife Fran, his daughters Theresa and Michelle, his son, and my personal friend, Stephen Adubato, Jr., and the entire Adubato family.”

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