C. Tucker Platt, who was involved in civic and business affairs in Pequannock, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 73.
Mr. Platt's offices ranged from Township Council and two stints as mayor, in 1991 and 1996, to head of the Chamber of Commerce and chairmanship of the committee that mounted Pequannock's 250th anniversary celebration.
His council tenure, from 1989 to 1996, coincided with large projects: completion of the "missing link" of Route 287, which runs through the township, and construction of the Glens at Pompton Plains residential community, which includes units that satisfy the township's affordable housing obligation. Mr. Platt helped cut the ribbon to open Route 287's final section in 1993.
The Pequannock Township Public Library, on Newark-Pompton Turnpike, was dedicated during Mr. Platt's second mayoral term. Arlene Platt said her husband had extra reason to be proud of the library plaque bearing his name: Mr. Platt had a long career as a reading specialist in the Oakland schools and was an avid reader of biographies, adventures and mysteries.
Mr. Platt helped organize the Pequannock Township Regional Chamber of Commerce and led a related group, the PRIDE committee (Pequannock Residents Improving the Downtown Environment), concerned with beautifying the business district along Newark-Pompton Turnpike.
Compton Tucker Platt grew up in Ridgewood, where his father, the Rev. Charles A. Platt, was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Platt, who had a custom-home construction business, built his family's Pequannock home and barn in 1971.
"He was a person who loved life and wanted only to help others, and to improve [the community]," his wife of 46 years said.
Mr. Platt, of the township's Pompton Plains section, also is survived by his sons, Corry cq Platt of Cary, N.C., and Ryan Platt of Concord, N.C.; his 102-year-old mother, Mary Elizabeth Platt of Decatur, Ill.; his siblings, Elizabeth Platt of Medford and Charles Platt Jr. of Decatur, Ill. and six grandchildren.
Visiting is Oct. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A memorial service will be held the next day at 10:30 a.m. at First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains.