Irwin Nalitt, 96, a longtime Monroe Township councilman, died Feb. 18, 2014. Born in Bayonne, he resided in Manhattan before moving to Monroe in 1982.
Prior to retiring in 1981, Mr. Nalitt was the data processing manager for 12 years and then sales department administrator for 12 years for Simplicity Patterns in New York City.
Seven years after his retirement, he was first elected councilman in 1988, serving six consecutive terms until December 2011, including three terms as council president. Having served on countless town boards and committees, he was the council liaison to the Monroe Office on Aging, past president of the Monroe Democratic Club, treasurer of the Monroe Democratic Organization, president of the Concordia Civic Association since its inception in 1983, and a trustee of the Monroe Public Library. In 2010, he was inducted into the Elected Officials Hall of Fame by the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
A member of Congregation Etz Chaim/Monroe Township Jewish Center, he was also a member of the Concordia chapters of B’nai B’rith and Deborah, as well as the Concordia Bowling League and Golf Club, all in Monroe.
He and his late wife, Helen, were longtime volunteers at the Monroe Public Library. In 2004, a Children’s Playground at the library was dedicated and named after the Nalitts to honor their volunteer efforts. In 2011 he was named Public Official of the Year by the Libraries of Middlesex County.
Predeceased by his wife, Helen Vrieslander Nalitt, in 2008, he is survived by two daughters, Celia Domalewski of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Lois Kane of Monroe; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 20 with arrangements by Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, East Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe Township Public Library or Monroe Township Senior Center.