The United Republican Club of Howell recently planted a tree in honor of Warren Curry a longtime resident and a member of the club.
The tree was planted at for Curry who was the owner and proprietor of Curry Farms since his family moved to town from Staten Island in 1982. The farm is a place in town where many children and adults first learned how to ride a horse.
In addition to his work on the farm Curry was also a member of the planning board, the chamber of commerce and the American Legion in addition to the Republican Club.
The tree was selected by Zig Panek and planted near a plaque that was designed by Curry's friend and fellow longtime resident Tom Campagna. During the ceremony Campagna said that "Warren Curry and the Curry family meant the world to him."
The ceremony was attended by Curry's friends and family. Councilman Robert Nicastro was in attendance and paid tribute to Curry. He called Curry "an inspiration to him, a friend and was proud that Warren was his mentor."
Councilman Juan Malave and William Gotto also attended the ceremony as did County Committee Chairman John Costigan who was also a longtime friend of Curry's. Also representing the club was Vice President Liz Crombie who credited his work in the town. "Howell has lost a great man whose horse farm was respected and used by many," she said.
Club President Robert Antonelli credited Curry with being a community leader in the town.
As part of the ceremony Deacon Eugene Genovese of St. Rose in Belmar gave an invocation and his wife Ruth thanked those in attendance for coming to honor her husband. The event was capped off with a reception at Runway 34 in nearby Wall.