John DePalma Remembered
Gazebo Dedicated to John DePalma
John DePalma’s name joined Mozart, Beethoven and Lizst on the gazebo at Church Square Park last Wednesday night.
A large crowd turned out to remember DePalma, who was the driving force behind the summer concert series in the park. The former Deputy City Clerk died from an inoperable brain tumor last year. His old boss Jimmy Farina was the Master of Ceremonies for the commemoration.
Farina was joined by former Mayors Pat Pasculli and Dave Roberts, DePalma’s mother and other family members, as well as many other people whose lives John touched over his 59 years. John was recalled for his love of Hoboken, it’s history and people, whether they lived here all their lives or just a day.
The dedication kicked off the 2010 concert series, which will continue on Wednesday nights in his memory.
John DePalma Passes Away
Another great Hoboken loss
Sad news about a very nice man who loved Hoboken. Viewers of City Council meetings on Channel 78 may have been wondering why the gentleman with the beard hasn’t been sitting next to Jimmy Farina lately. It was because he had been struggling with the effects of an inoperable brain tumor.
Deputy City Clerk John DePalma lost his battle last night. He was only 59.
A truly outstanding Hoboken resident
Anyone who met John was treated with respect and a smile, regardless of whether he knew you all his life or if you had just stumbled into City Hall looking for information. He was always willing to discuss Hoboken’s history, and especially appreciated sharing it with newcomers who wanted to learn more about their adopted home.
John served on the Board of the Hoboken Historical Museum, and was proud of his large collection of Hoboken postcards from the past. He also captured Hoboken’s present for future generations. John could often be seen around town with his cameras taking pictures, especially during Hoboken’s many parades and festivals. He also served as Recording Secretary for the Hoboken Library Board.
John was a founder of the Church Square Park Summer Concert Series, which began in 1986. This year’s series is dedicated to him in salute of his efforts to make Hoboken a better place. He went too soon, and will be missed by all who knew him.