TRENTON/GARFIELD, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy remembered a longtime Garfield resident during his Monday afternoon press conference who had passed away from COVID-19.
Dr. Kenneth Conte of Garfield was born in Passaic and raised in Garfield. Besides serving his patients he spent the past 48 years serving his community. He held the positions of medical director and chief of staff of Kennedy Memorial Hospital at Saddle Brook, lodge physician of the Fraternal Order of Police, New Jersey Lodge 46, and the correctional health physician for Bergen County among many other postings, according to Murphy. And Conte was founder and medical advisor of the county’s first high school EMT program at Garfield High School.
From 1972 through 1976, Conte served as Garfield’s Deputy Mayor, and was a member of city council, from 1976 to 1980. And for 38 years, he served as a member of the Garfield Board of Education, as well as its president for 12 years. Muprhy noted "that string of 48 years of elected service is a Garfield record and near Gehrig-like or Ripken-like proportions."
Murphy said Conte was a member of numerous medical boards and societies and was recognized with many awards and other recognitions for his years of professional excellence and community service.
"But all those accolades came second to the love he had for his family and friends," said Murphy.
Conte leaves behind his brother, Dr. Daniel Conte, Junior his nephew, Dr. Daniel Conte, III, and his nieces, Stacy and Jamie, and their spouses along with his great-nephews Carl, Junior, and Cole, and grand-niece Nicolette. "
"Of course, he leaves behind a grateful Garfield and a state of New Jersey," said Murphy. "We thank you, Dr. Conte, for your lifetime of commitment and may God bless and watch over you."
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