VERONA, NJ - Verona Township Manager Matthew Cavallo announced the passing of long-time Verona resident and volunteer Stephen Fenton on Monday.
Dear Verona Community:
It is with profound sadness that I report the passing of Mr. Stephen Fenton, a long-time Verona resident, volunteer, business leader, and the patriarch of a large family of public and community servants. Mr. Fenton had been residing in the New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton.
Mr. Fenton committed himself to decades of proudly serving his neighbors and greater community in Verona. He was a member of the Verona No. 2 Rescue Squad, where he served as captain from 1973-1977. Mr. Fenton was instrumental in merging the No. 2 Rescue Squad and the Verona Ambulance Unit into the Verona Rescue Squad, the organization that continues to serve our community today. He served as first captain of the new squad in 1978. Mr. Fenton was instrumental in coordinating the additions to the squad building, establishing a dedicated heavy rescue team, and acquiring multiple pieces of apparatus. He earned life member status in recognition of his exceptional service.
Mr. Fenton achieved exempt status in the Verona Fire Department, where he was a member of Company 2. He continued his commitment to the fire service by helping the town of Edgecomb, in his beloved Maine, to acquire fire apparatus.
When not serving the residents of Verona, Mr. Fenton was the owner principal of Fenton Contracting, which has played roles in many municipal projects. The business that he established continues to assist Verona Public Works during major storm emergencies. Mr. Fenton was a generous supporter of many organizations and causes in and out of town.
Mr. Fenton proudly established roots and raised his family in Verona. It is clear by their service that he instilled in them the sense of community pride and commitment that he championed throughout his life.
On behalf of the Township Council and all municipal employees, I offer my most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. We mourn alongside you while we remember a life of distinguished service. Mr. Fenton’s legacy is an example for us all, now and always.