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Former NJ legislator dies

Kenneth Gewertz, 72, 'Mr. Deptford'

By Sam Wood
Inquirer Staff Writer

Kenneth Gewertz, 72, a bigger-than-life Gloucester County politician known 78651 as "Mr. Deptford," died in his sleep Tuesday night December 12, at his winter home in Orlando, Fla., from a heart attack.

"It was probably the only thing in his long life he ever did quietly," said Lois Twigg, his companion of the last seven years.

During his long political career, Mr. Gewertz served as Deptford's mayor and police chief, Democratic committeeman, state assemblyman, and chairman of the county Democratic Party. He recently retired after serving as the county director of public works.

Many credit him with helping turn Gloucester County from a backwater chock-a-block with pig farms into one of the fastest-growing suburban counties in America.

"He put the town of Deptford on the map," said Superior Court Judge Martin Herman.

Along the way, Mr. Gewertz brought his flamboyant sense of style and made as many big friends as he made big enemies, said his friend John Maier, also a former Deptford mayor.

Mr. Gewertz recognized the effect he had on people.read more

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing Sunday 2pm to 9pm and Monday 9am to 10:30am at BOUCHER FUNERAL HOME, 1757 Delsea Dr., Deptford. Funeral service 11am Monday at the funeral home. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hurffville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gloucester County Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Dr., Clayton, NJ 08312.

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