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Eric Fetteroff, Former Gloucester City Employee, Community Activist

By Albert Countryman Jr.

  Eric Fetterolf, 52, of Gloucester City died suddenly on August 28, 2010, at his
Eric home.

  Eric was born and raised in Scranton, PA, graduated from Scranton Central High School, and received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Houghton College, NY. He then received his master’s degree in Family Studies, with an emphasis in gerontology, from the University of Akron, OH.

  Eric and his wife, Monica (nee Kenney), were married on October 1, 1994, at the Mount Ephraim United Methodist Church.

  He was a social worker for three years at The Fountains in Pennsauken, and then was named executive director of The Tender adult day care center in Moorestown.

  He was approached about a job by Gloucester City officials, and was hired in early 1998 as Community Development Coordinator.

  He served Gloucester City in many capacities for 12 and one half years, including being the project coordinator in the Community Development Office, administrator of the Gloucester City Housing Rehab Program, aided in Brownsfield remediation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was the facilitator for the Gloucester City Tree and Beautification Committee.

  Many new trees were planted all around Gloucester City under Eric’s direction and guidance.

  “Unfortunately, Eric was laid off on June 30, 2010,” Monica said. “He gave his life for the City, and was extremely saddened when he lost his job. He treasured all his efforts over the years to help the people of Gloucester City. He was an exceptionally compassionate and intelligent man, always full of good humor and affection – even in the very worst of circumstances.”

  Eric was also very involved with the Community Clean-up Days, and organized volunteers and community groups – and even brought out rakes and shovels as needed.

  He was a member of the Gloucester City Lions Club, and served as president of the Gloucester City Rotary Club. Also, he served as a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester City.

  As a young man Eric achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and proudly put this fact on his resume.

  Eric was never idle, “and died with a broom in his hand,” Monica said.

  He is survived by his wife, Monica; his beloved mother, Louise Fetterolf of Pitman; his brother, Dr. Donald E. Fetterolf of McDonald, PA; many loving cousins from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland; his new schnauzer, Sasha Boy Viktor; and predeceased by his beloved schnauzer, Tee See – who passed away in July 2008.

   Monica thanked “the Gloucester City Firefighters and EMTs who responded quickly and professionally, and did everything possible to save Eric’s life.”

  Also, Monica thanks Chuck Thompson of Brooklawn, who was at the Gloucester City Swim Club and heard Eric fall. He immediately ran over to help Eric, and administered first aid.

  A Memorial Service and “Celebration of His Life of Service” for friends and family was held at the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell St., Gloucester City. 

 source Gloucester City News 

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