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Al Smith, prominent Montclair resident, dies at 57

Son of longtime Democratic chairman fought racial profiling as a state trooper

By David Wildstein, January 13 2019 5:37 pm

Alvin Smith III, a retired New Jersey state trooper who fought racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police, passed away on January 5.  He was 57.

His father, Alvin Smith, Jr., was the longtime Montclair Democratic Municipal Chairman.

Smith served on the Montclair Democratic County Committee, as chairman of the Montclair Civil Rights Commission, and as a member of Blue Wave NJ.

“This week Montclair lost one of its favorite sons. Al Smith III embodied what is special about Montclair and its residents. Al was part of the fabric of our town, and his family has and hopefully will continue to be anchor to our community. He did not just talk about equality; he spent virtually his entire life fighting for civil rights and our less fortunate citizens,” said Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill.  “As a State Trooper, he put his life on the line every day, so the rest of us would be safe and secure. Though we should be sad that Al is no longer with us, we have satisfaction, that his, was a life well lived.”

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