FLEMINGTON, NJ - Each of Hunterdon County’s current freeholders recently took time to remember and speak fondly of Freeholder Emeritus Frank. J. Fuzo, who served as an elected official in Hunterdon for 17 years and lived in Flemington for the last years of his life before passing away June 3.
The Freeholder Board passed a resolution recognizing the life and accomplishments of Fuzo, who was also previously the mayor of Lambertville, the only city in the county.
Freeholder John Lanza said all the freeholders are feeling the great loss of Fuzo this month, as “Frank Fuzo was Hunterdon County.”
“I don’t think you can say anything better about a person that has served in an elected office than to say the place that he served is made better because he was there, but I think that it is very easy to say this about Frank for his tenure serving our county and his tenure serving in Lambertville,” Lanza said. “We are all better because Frank lived here and he served here. If you take a look at Fuzo’s legacy, it is very easy to see if you look at the crown jewel of all our properties in Hunterdon County. Heron Glen Golf Course would not exist if it weren’t for three freeholders who sat on this board in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Frank Fuzo was the one who drove this very significant accomplishment of the freeholders in that time.”
Lanza added that his persona and character mattered the most, and “you knew exactly where you stood with Frank, whether you wanted to or not.”
“There will always be a special place in my heart for Frank, with great appreciation for his knowledge and how much he cared about helping others,” Lanza added.
Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Soloway noted Fuzo’s volunteer work with numerous organizations, “as a man who loved this county and wanted to give back.”
“Frank’s legacy will live on through all the great work he did with the dedication of his time and talents,” she said. “I offer my sincere condolences to his family.”
Freeholder Zach Rich called Fuzo “just a great guy and an unbelievable public servant.”
“I am better for having known Mr. Fuzo,” he said. “His family are fantastic people and Frank was a tremendous individual who meant a lot to me and my family, personally. He is going to be missed.”
Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren said he and Fuzo were friends for the last 25 years, dating back to his own first run for municipal office in the mid-1990s when Fuzo was already on the freeholder board.
“I always sought his advice and counsel and it was always welcomed,” Van Doren said. “We worked on many campaigns and Frank Fuzo and I actually ran together for freeholder seats along with George Muller for sheriff as Frank sought a comeback after he left the board a few years prior to that. We also served together on the board of the 200 Club of Hunterdon for over a dozen years. Frank’s selfless devotion to his county and the multitude of nonprofits on which he served will be sorely missed.”
Freeholder J. Matthew Holt said 14 years ago, in early 2006, it was Fuzo who suggested to Holt – who had completed his term as mayor of Clinton – the idea of running for the freeholder board.
“I would not have been on this board or even thought about running ever if not for Frank Fuzo, as he was the person who suggested it,” Holt said. “Five terms later on this board, some would say ‘the rest is history.’ With his encouragement, I find myself in a place that we both loved, and I am honored to serve the place that I care about so much just as Frank cared about the county. We did not always see eye to eye, but his heart was and will always be in Hunterdon County, and Hunterdon is a better place for his having served us.”