BAYONNE – A longtime friend of Bayonne and Hudson County Roman Catholics was honored with a street dedication in his name on the block next to St. Henry Church.
The late Gaetano “Thomas” Donato, former pastor of St. Henry’s and Bishop for Hudson County, will always be remembered with the naming of 29th Street between Avenue C and John F. Kennedy Boulevard as Bishop Thomas Donato Way.
Dozens of city residents and others braved the cold following the noon service at St. Henry’s on Nov. 20 for the unveiling of the street sign designating the honor.
Members of Donato’s family were present, as were Bayonne City Council President Sharon Nadrowski and Councilmen Sal Gullace, Gary LaPelusa and Juan Perez.
“We are honored to be here and be a part of this ceremony,” Nadrowski said. “He was an outstanding gentleman. It’s a privilege to help dedicate this street to him.”
“It’s a big honor; a very big honor,” said Rose Donato, the bishop’s sister. “We are all overwhelmed. This is very nice.”
Donato died in August of last year.
Bayonne Catholics also knew Donato from his time at St. Vincent de Paul Church and the former Our Lady of Assumption parish.