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Newly Appointed Hopewell Township Historian Dies

by Mary Galioto

Hopewell Township Historian David Blackwell, appointed to the post just days ago, was found dead in his home on Saturday, April 21. Funeral Arrangements are pending.

“The Officers and Board of Trustees of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society are extremely saddened to announce the recent passing of David Blackwell, our Secretary, and a past President of the Society,” said Larry Kidder, President of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society. “Besides the close personal relationships he has had with many of us, David has been a tireless advocate of Hopewell Valley’s history and historic preservation for over 30 years.”

Blackwell was roundly considered the finest choice to become Hopewell Township’s first Historian, given his longstanding commitment to the preservation, education, and dissemination of the Township’s history.

“It is such a credit to you that the person everyone in this room envisions in that role is you,” Mayor Kevin Kuchinski, told Blackwell at the time of his appointment, listing examples of his contributions to the Township including the recent rededication of Woolsey Park.

Blackwell himself was enthusiastic about the new position, saying ““History is what makes us unique,”

“This makes me extremely happy,” he continued, “and I look forward to many more years of helping put our history in front of all of us — because it does inform us.”

MercerMe will publish a full remembrance of Blackwell at a later date. Readers are encouraged to submit their fond recollections of his wit, wisdom, and value to the community for publication. Please email [email protected] to contribute.

David Blackwell Named First Hopewell Township Historian

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