ROXBURY, NJ — The township will soon rename a park in honor of former Roxbury Township Councilman Richard Zoschak who died recently.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo during a somber tribute to Zoschak, who died March 31. Zoschak, a landing resident of 38 years, was on the Roxbury council for 17 years. He was 76.

DeFillippo said the township will rename Shore Hills Park in Landing as a tribute to Zoschak. The name change, probably to Richard Zoschak Park, will take place after Roxbury finishes a major renovation of the park’s playground, a $70,000 project included in the proposed 2021 municipal budget.

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“I cannot think of a more fitting and lasting memorial to Rich and the positive impact he had on our community,” DeFillippo said at the outset of Tuesday’s council meeting. The meeting was held in remote fashion, using the Zoom platform. Zoschak’s widow, Diana Zoschak, listened and could be heard sobbing as DeFillippo and others on the council lauded her husband.

“Rich was a relentless advocate for his constituents right up to his death,” said the mayor. “in fact, he called me on the day he passed away to discuss a council matter. All of us on the council have experienced more than one conversation with Rich when his mind was set on something he wanted for the people he represented — especially when he thought he was right, and you were wrong.”

Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall the death of Zoschak “makes you realize how much you just have to cherish each and every day.” He went on to say that “Rich was a good man,” noting he and Zoschak, both Republicans, were running mates for six elections and friends for more than two decades.

“One thing about Rich; Rich loved being on the council,” Hall added. “It wasn’t just a job for him. It was a passion, and it was inspiring to me. He was a very staunch defender of Roxbury Township.”

A public memorial service for Zoschak is being planned for June at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna.

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