Chatham Community Garden's "Farmer Paul" Suszczynski Dies Suddenly

"Farmer Paul" Suszczynski, a longtime member of the Chatham Community Garden, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, Sept. 6
"Farmer Paul" Suszczynski shows Chatham Community Garden members some tips. Suszczynski died of a heart attack on Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - "Farmer Paul" Suszczynski, the man whose name is synonymous with gardening in Chatham, died Tuesday, Sept. 6 of a heart attack.

"He was loved by all in the borough and we are shocked and saddened at his passing,' Len Resto, Chatham Borough Council member, said.

"Farmer Paul was a teacher, mentor, consummate gardener, and most importantly, a gentle friend to all," Chatham Community Garden member Katey DePinto said in an email. "His tireless work in our community – especially with respect to the Chatham Community Garden – is unparalleled.

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"The lovely Chatham Community Garden would not exist if it weren’t for his dedication and wealth of knowledge in not only all aspects of gardening but in engineering as well. Paul was a one-of-a-kind gem and will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him. May he rest in peace."

All arrangements are as follows at Bradley Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham. 973-635-2428.

Visiting Hours: Friday, Sept. 9: 4-8 p.m; Saturday, Sept. 10: 10-11 a.m., immediately followed by Celebrant Service at 11 a.m.


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