WARETOWN, NJ - Weeks ago, the Ocean County Health Department masked the number of coronavirus deaths in communities that had less than five mortalities. The potentially deadly virus has now claimed seven lives in Ocean Township. Among them, was Ronald Hubert, who died at the age of 53.
Governor Phil Murphy included a snapshot of Hubert in his daily COVID-19 remembrances yesterday. For his daughter, Jennifer, the timing was bittersweet. It was the same day she turned 21 - without her dad by her side to enjoy it.
According to Murphy, the late Hubert grew up in the governor's hometown and graduated from Middletown North. He volunteered as a volunteer first responder, and was a corporal in the Middletown Police Auxiliary. He became an EMT for the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad.
The move to Waretown did not stop Hubert's commitment to giving back. He became a driver for the Waretown First Aid Squad. Ocean Township employed Hubert as a public utilities' worker.
Hubert leaves behind his wife of 26 years Teresa and their two daughters, Madeline 22 and Jennifer who turns 21 today. He's also survived by his parents, Frank and Linda, and multiple siblings and nieces and nephews.
"I had the incredible honor of speaking with Teresa, Madeline and Jennifer and as you can imagine, they're all emotional," lamented Murphy. "This is an incredible loss and a recent one. Jennifer in particular, burst out the fact that she's turning 21 today and her dad would not be with her."
Hubert was remembered as a fighter who underwent a successful kidney transplant at the age of 18. He apparently had a wry sense of humor, giving his new kidney the name Butch.
"We thank him for his years of service to his community," Murphy summed up. "May God bless him, his parents, his family, and the three precious women he leaves behind and again, Jennifer, God bless you and Happy 21st Birthday."