Updated on August 15 at 5:34 p.m.
SUMMIT, NJ - Matthew Gould, elected to serve Ward 1 on the Summit Common Council in 2017, passed away unexpectedly the evening of August 13 at Morristown Medical Center from a heart condition. Gould, also Council president pro tempore, was 48-years-old.
Gould and his family have lived in Summit for more than a decade, and he was president of New York City-based Continuum Entertainment, a factual content video and film production company.
Gould worked in the media and entertainment industry for twenty years, holding senior executive positions at a range of America’s top publishing and broadcasting companies, including the Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, The New York Times, and Time Warner.
Responding to a request for comment from TAPinto Summit, Common Council President David Naidu said, "I cannot express the profound sorrow I feel at the death of my good friend, Matt. Beyond my personal loss, the City of Summit has lost a person who always advocated, in public and private, for those without strong voices, who passionately believed that we can improve the lives of our fellow residents, and who optimistically faced the future. He will never be replaced."
On August 15, Summit Mayor Nora Radest issued a statement that read, in part, "An amazing human being left us all too soon on Tuesday... The joy, humor and sense of purpose that Matt shared as an elected official has left an indelible and lasting imprint on us all. He will be greatly missed."
A memorial service for Gould will be held at Congregation Ohr Shalom on Friday, August 16, beginning at 11 a.m. Congregation Ohr Shalom is located at 67 Kent Place Boulevard.
A donation page has been created on Facebook, the introduction to which reads, "The Gould family lost Matt due to heart-related complications on August 13, 2019, at the age of 48. Please help support the education of his three daughters, Maddie, Talia, and Iris. The family thanks the community for their support at this difficult time."
To donate, visit facebook.com/donate/406125396774476/. The page has currently raised more than $44,300 of its $100,000 goal.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.