February 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM
EAST ORANGE, NJ - Former First Ward Councilman Stephen S. Thomas passed away at his home in East Orange on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
Thomas served as a councilman from 1986-1989 and from 1990-1993 during Mayor Cardell Cooper’s administration, and was elected as chairperson in 1993. Prior to his election to City Council, Thomas was appointed by Mayor William S. Hart, Jr. to serve as the first Director for the City’s Department of Neighborhood Facilities when the Fellowship Civic Center opened its doors in 1972. He also served as Director of East Orange’s Model Cities Program.
Thomas was renowned as a public servant and won several commendations from various civic organizations for his involvement. As a graduate of East Orange High School, Thomas was an outstanding athlete, excelling in football and basketball. He was also the brother of the late William S. Thomas, who served as councilman for the Fifth Ward.
Arrangements for his funeral are as follows:
Viewing: Friday, February 28, 2014 6:00 - 8:00PM
Service Saturday, March 1, 2014 11:00 AM
Messiah Baptist Church 13-17 Oak Street East Orange, NJ
Internment: Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, NJ
Flowers, cards and condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Veronica Thomas
449 North Arlington Avenue
East Orange, New Jersey 07017