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Friday, December 19, 2014

Dave Beck, founding New Dem, former BOE member, PMUA commissioner, dies

Dave Beck
Democratic activist, Board of Ed member,
PMUA Commissioner.

Dave Beck, longtime Plainfield activist and a founding member of the New Democrats political club passed away Monday from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome after a long struggle (see the full Ledger obituary here).

Dave was first elected to the Democratic City Committee (PDCC) in 1978 for Ward 2, District 10 and served in that capacity continuously up to his death. He was a supporter of Mayor Al McWilliams' first run for mayor and joined with him and many others in the founding of the New Democrats political club in the early 2000s.

New Dem candidates for City Committee, April 2003.
Dave Beck is tallest person in rear row, center.
Dave served as Sergeant-at-Arms for the PDCC during McWilliams' term as chair from 2003-2005.

After serving as president of the Cook School PTO for several years, Dave was elected to the Plainfield Board of Education, serving two terms from 1987-1993.

When the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) was created in the late 1990s, Dave was appointed a commissioner by Mayor McWilliams and served for two terms -- one of them as treasurer.

Dave is survived by his wife of 41 years, Terri Moroney and sons Richard and Andrew and their families. Terri retired as a much-beloved English teacher at North Plainfield High School. For several years after retiring, she fulfilled a dream by operating a used bookstore on Watchung Avenue (at which I spend many pleasant hours and found countless interesting books).

Terri and family are inviting friends to join with them in celebrating Dave's life at a brunch this Sunday (December 21) from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Netherwood Bar & Grille, 1370 South Avenue.

The family suggests donations to the Plainfield Symphony (see their website here) as a way to memorialize Dave for those who wish to do so. Condolences may be sent to Terri and the family at 1120 Helene Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07062.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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