HAWTHORNE, NJ - The family of the late Councilman Garry Sinning was honored at the Wednesday night council meeting by Mayor Goldberg. "Tonight is a special evening as we remember our friend, Councilman Sinning," Goldberg said. He asked the council and administration to come down from their seats to join with Mrs. Bernice Sinning and her son David. "Garry was a part of all of our lives," Goldberg said. "It’s fitting that we chose tonight to honor Garry and have you here because I know it was your wedding anniversary. How many years was it?"
"Fifty-four years," Mrs. Sinning said.
"You’ll notice behind the council, on the wall there is a plaque to Garry’s memory," Goldberg pointed. "It says the following: 'In memory of Garret Sinning, with appreciation for a lifetime of service to the borough of Hawthorne, and for 21 years of dedicated service to the people of the borough of Hawthorne as a councilman for Ward 3, January 1, 1999 to November 20, 2019. Always remembered and sadly missed'."
In addition, Sinning was nominated in November for the Elected Officials Hall of Fame through the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
"I think it’s important that all these people are gathered here because Garry touched everyone’s life here," Goldberg said. "Garry was a big guy who cast an even bigger shadow. I think I got to serve with Garry the longest because he started the year after me. He was a special person."
"He taught me to play baseball," Council President Matthews said.
"I’m sure everyone here has a story about Garry and what Garry meant to them." Goldberg presented the framed certificate to David before continuing. "The one thing that the council wanted to make sure you had, Bernice--this was Garry’s name plate. We thought it was important that you have this as well."
The audience offered their applause as she accepted.
"I just want to thank everybody," Sinning said. "It’s still unbelievable that we lost him, I know he loved me, he loved working for the town, he was active. I know people don’t know how many councilmembers were at the hospital when he got there the first night and how many people came. It’s just unbelievable. I really appreciated everything you did for the funeral, I know some people in the town didn’t agree, but it was really nice and thank you for that honor. And all the people in the surrounding towns, Christian Health Care put their flags down, Haledon sent beautiful plants, it was just wonderful, and the police. I know that he would’ve loved it."
"We want you to know that as long as we’re here you’ll never be alone," Goldberg said.
David Sinning offered his own words. "I really appreciate it. Everyone’s been so great, the way everyone came together, you don’t see that in a lot of places. I know that everyone meant a lot to him and he meant a lot to them. Thank you all.”
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