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Pascrell Remembers Pat Kramer

Legendary former Paterson mayor exemplified public service

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today issued the following statement mourning the passing of former Paterson mayor Pat Kramer.

“Today our Paterson community mourns the loss of a true public servant and a pillar of our city, Pat Kramer,” said Congressman Pascrell. “I have known Pat most of my life and he was a brilliant advisor, collaborator, and friend. Pat had a very special sense of humor that could bring everybody up when they were down. He just made people feel good. I have met great leaders in all walks of life. But few people, anywhere, have done more to help others and have dedicated themselves more to their community than Pat. Through force of will Pat and his wife Mary Ellen brought President Ford to our city and began the process of preserving the Great Falls Historic District, Paterson’s crown jewel. As we reflect on Pat’s life today, I want people to understand that he dedicated his whole life for our city. My prayers are with Pat’s children and Roseanne, his stalwart partner. His kids and mine grew up together and they reflect the high character of their father. We’ve lost part of Paterson’s soul that can never be replaced, but others will come forward to serve their city and their neighbors. And that’s what Pat was all about. Rest in peace, my friend.”

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