FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Former Florham Park Mayor,Ralph Loveys, died in late February.
In recognition of his years of exemplary service, Mayor Mark Taylor and the Councilmen of the Borough of Florham Park wish to name the Florham Park Municipal Building in his honor.
Loveys served his country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and never stopped serving his country or his community even long after the war was over. Loveys was a beloved member of the Florham Park Borough Council for eight years, four of which he spent as Council President. He then went on to lead Florham Park through some of its most dramatic changes as mayor for eight years from 1975 to 1983.
under his leadership, Florham Park undertook the construction of the current Borough Hall, the free public library, the municipal garage, the relocation and preservation of the Little Red Schoolhouse and four major road reconstruction projects. Many of the things we associate with Florham Park and its place among the top places to live in New Jersey can be traced back to Ralph Loveys.
Loveys believed in the development and preservation of open recreational space for the community. His efforts brought about Emmet Park, Brooklake and Pinch Brook golf courses and the lake at Spring Garden. He fought for a place where the community could gather over the summer months for concerts and cultural events and pioneered fundraising efforts for the Gazebo which was fully constructed at no cost to the tax payer.
Florham Park also flourished fiscally under Loveys and the borough’s long history of good fiscal health and low property taxes owe greatly his efforts.
“In commemoration of Ralph Loveys’s memory and years of service to making the borough one of the best places to live in New Jersey, the Mayor and Borough Council wish to honor and celebrate the memory of Ralph Loveys by naming the Municipal Building in his honor.” Councilman Scott Carpenter said in his proclamation.
After his years of service at the municipal level, Loveys met his calling on an even greater scale. Starting in 1983, right on the heels of his time as mayor, Loveys was elected as a New Jersey State Assemblyman from Legislative District 26. He served in that role for six years before being named Chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority by then Governor Tom Kean.
To accept the proclamation in his honor were Loveys’s son Jim and his daughters Jessica and Lollie. After the reading of the proclamation, Jim took the time to briefly express his family’s gratitude for all of the kindness that the citizens of Florham Park have shown them.
“Knowing that his memory will, in perpetuity, live on in this borough that he loved so dearly, perhaps second only to his family did he love the Borough of Florham Park, provides our family with a great comfort and it is very heartwarming,” Jim Loveys said. “We thank you for that from the bottom of our hearts.”
The sum of $3,000 has been set aside for use in lettering the Municipal Building in honor of Ralph Loveys.