Daniel Parisi, who was 23 when he unseated an incumbent in a 1965 race for Gloucester County Freeholder, died on July 10. He was 77.
Parisi defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Grochowski by 131 votes, 52%-48%.
In those days, Gloucester County freeholders were elected in districts. Parisi challenged Grochowski in a district that included Newfield and Franklin. Grochowski had won a two-year unexpired term in 1963,
At the end of his first year as freeholder, he resigned to become the Franklin Chief of Police.
Five years later, he mounted a successful fight to abolish the township police department.
Parisi spent fifteen years as police chief before retiring to run the Pennsauken-based D. Parisi and Son paper yard and River Road Recycling.