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Daniel Francis Newman Sr.

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(Asbury Park Press)

Former Mayor and Assemblyman, Daniel Francis Newman, Sr., 73, of Brick, devoted husband, father, and grandfather passed away on March 13, 2009. "My family is undoubtedly the highlight of my life," Dan Newman, 2005. He was born July 25, 1935 in Bayonne, NJ to John and Bertha Newman.
Daniel Newman moved his family to Brick in 1959 where he opened two gas stations and Newman Tires which he operated until starting the Pineland Plumbing business in 1965. Shortly thereafter, his love for the town prompted him to put his heart and soul into the political arena. Over a 45 year period he held many elected and appointed positions. Although he was honored to serve as a state Assemblyman from 1974-1979, his passion remained in Brick where he was most proud of his accomplishments beginning with serving as president, commissioner, chairperson, or member of the Board of Education, Planning Board, and Board of Adjustment, the Brick Democratic Club, Ocean County Board of Elections, BTMUA and the Ocean County Democratic Committee. Daniel Newman served as Mayor of Brick Township from 1983 to 1989, the highlight of his political career.
His love of family and community compelled him to be involved in many civic and philanthropic organizations including the Brick Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean County Fireman's Association, the Association of Vocational Boards of Education, the Boys Club, and Little League. He was involved with the founding of the Pop Warner football program in Brick and was instrumental in the creation of parks and ball fields throughout town. Noteworthy, the Junior Sports League named a baseball field in his honor. He worked toward the building and establishment of the Brick Hospital, now the Meridian Ocean Medical Center.
He was predeceased by sisters, Denise Allen (Wilmington, VT), Marguerite Yurko (Bayonne, NJ); brother, William Newman (Long Branch, NJ), and grandson, Zachary Morgan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Barbara Jeane Newman and their 6 children and spouses, Richard and Jeannie Newman, Susan and Richard Morgan, Caryl Scherer, BJ and Robert Stocker, Daniel Jr and Romayne Newman, Donald and Janine Newman. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Shannon and Mike Alechko, Kaitlyn Morgan, Tyler Morgan, Leann Scherer, Caroline Newman, Jacqueline Newman, Jennilee Stocker and Emmilee Stocker. He is also survived by brother, John Newman and wife Carol (Cape Coral, FL); sister, Joan DelMaster (Wilmington, VT); brother-in law, Ray "Buddy" Gunther and wife Arlene (Brick); father-in-law, Jack Verbeke (Brick), and Robert Scherer, along with many nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit Weatherhead and Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ on Tuesday March 17, 2009 between the hours of 3 to 8 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated March 18, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Visitation Church on Mantoloking Rd, Brick. Interment will follow at St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visitation Church Faith for the Future Campaign at 730 Lynnwood Avenue Brick, NJ 08723.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 16, 2009
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