UPDATE: Longtime Williamstown Council Member Dies at 82

By: Abbie Schrader, Todd Baucher Email
By: Abbie Schrader, Todd Baucher Email

UPDATE 10/15/2014 4:45 PM

From running his family's grocery store to serving on city council, Ed Garber was always involved in some way with the City of Williamstown.

Garber received the "Pride of Williamstown" award from Mayor Jean Ford earlier this year.

He died over the weekend.

He was 82.

Garber spent more than two decades on city council and influenced the current generation of council members.

"Eddie was my mentor past the point when he was on council. There were several times when I went to him and asked, ' What do you think of this or that?' He was always open and willing to help you, and there just aren't a whole lot of people like that any more," says Councilman Marty Seufer.

Garber was also involved in civic affairs, such as the development of the city's Tomlinson Park.

A memorial service was held Tuesday night.

Williamstown honored two of their own Tuesday evening at the city council meeting with the Pride of Williamstown Award.

Mayor Jean Ford presented Edward Garber and Harold Swartz with the award for their service and dedication to Williamstown over the years.

Garber served over 20 years on city council, and was the only one ever elected as a write-in.

Swartz put together the celebration in the park festival and other fundraisers.

"Eddie is part of our history. And we still go to him for things in the past. And we thank you Eddie, for your service," said Mayor Jean Ford. "Thank you Harold for your years of volunteer service caring heart, and expert advice."

Both men received standing ovations as they were handed their awards.

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