A long time resident, faithful community servant and friend to those who got to know him, passed away last week leaving behind a legacy full of personal and professional accomplishments. Charles Hasz or "Charlie" as most of us knew him, was and will always be remembered as a man who achieved great things throughout his life even when life threw him some unexpected curve balls during his childhood years.
Charlie was a doting, loving husband (to wife, Margaret), father of 3 (Wayne, Bruce and Judy), grandfather to 10 grandkids, a distinguished member of Bell Labs, a troop leader for the Cub Scouts, devoted Rescue Squad leader and lifetime member, Zoning officer for Berkeley Heights, and much more.
During his last few years he made two attempts to run for a seat on the Township Council (2006 & 2008). I had the privilege of running with Charlie on the same ticket both times.
Charlie was fiercely committed to being a part of the Council for the betterment of our town. He was tired of seeing where the direction the Committee and Council were leading Berkeley Heights for today's residents and future ones to come. He attended nearly every Planning and Town Council meeting and as a member of the Senior Club, he reported back to them during their meetings at Mount Carmel.
He never asked anything from anyone, he did not like people praising his accomplishments or his good deeds, and, during his final years, after the loss of his true love and as he himself became ill, he would steadfastly refuse any assistance from anyone. You could say he was stubborn and proud but then again Charlie was human or shall I say SUPER MAN.
There is no doubt in my mind that running for office and serving his community was as important to him as the oxygen he breathed every day. He was committed to the very end even when I saw him at the Town Council meeting held a few weeks ago.
Charlie WILL be missed and as the Council meetings proceed without him, those who attend often will always remember him sitting in the same row where he would listen attentively and then proceed forward to the podium and question the Council.
Charlie, thank you for the opportunity you gave me to be part of your life and for your tireless effort for our community; you will be missed and always remembered!