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Former Elizabeth school board member Newton J. Burkett, Jr., left, with his won, WABC-TV reporter N.J. Burkett. (Photo: N.J. Burkett via Facebook).

In Memoriam

By David Wildstein, November 21 2021 2:58 pm

Newton Jones Burkett, Jr., a civil rights activist and former member of the Elizabeth Board of Education, died on November 3.  He was 83.  Burkett had been vice president of The Money Store, made famous by Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto’s TV commercials.  He was a founding member of the Elizabeth Branch of the NAACP and the Union County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.  Burkett lost his bid for a second term on the school board in 1996 after asking that Columbus Day be removed from the school holiday calendar.  His son, N.J. Burkett, is a reporter for WABC-TV.

Michael Kovacs, who served as mayor of Washington Township (Warren County) for twelve years and as a township committeeman for 30 years, died on November 18.  He was 83.  Kovacs served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

Bill Powell, who had served as a plumbing code official for several municipalities in Gloucester County, died on November 10.  He was 84.

Donald Buskirk, who had been a member of the New Jersey Young Democrats in his youth, died on November 16.  He was 81.

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