Mayor Davis offers condolences after the passing of two civic-minded citizens

Lewis Ripps and Harvey Gilbert were active in the community

Two Bayonne natives who have had a big impact on the community recently died. Mayor James Davis offered his condolences, detailing their history of involvement with the city.

“I was sorry to learn of the recent passing of Lewis Ripps and Harvey Gilbert,” Davis said.

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Lewis Ripps

Lewis Ripps, chairman of Palmer Asphalt, was an active member of the Bayonne community. According to Davis, he spoke often at city council meetings to express his concerns about local issues such as municipal finances, economic development, and zoning issues.

Five decades ago, he was chairman of the Save Bayonne Committee. Under his chairmanship, the committee waged a successful battle against constructing Route 440 next to parks on the west side of Bayonne, Davis said.

Ripps was 88 years old.

Harvey Gilbert

Harvey Gilbert, who lived in recent years in New York State, will be remembered as President of the Bayonne Kiwanis Club, Mayor Davis said. Gilbert had a real estate business for many years Jersey City’s Journal Square.

“With the Bayonne Kiwanis Club, he managed multiple Bayonne appearances of the famous Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, which brought many years of fun to local children and their families,” Davis said. “Through the Kiwanis Club, Mr. Gilbert supported many civic and educational projects in Bayonne.”

Both Gilbert and Ripps were affiliated with Temple Emanu-El, a local Jewish house of worship.

“On behalf of the City of Bayonne, we extend condolences to their families and friends,” Davis said.

It is not clear if the men died due to complications from COVID-19 or from other causes.

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