Hoboken dedicates plaque in municipal garage to ‘local hero’ Freddie Moret

HOBOKEN – Lifelong Hoboken resident Fred “Freddie” Moret was honored Monday, Sept. 21 with a dedicatory plaque at the municipal garage on Willow Avenue between Newark Street and Observer Highway.

Moret, who began working for the city in 1977, served as the supervisor for the Division of Environmental Services until his passing on May 24, 2013 at age 54 while vacationing in Italy. Moret was on a trip to Italy organized by his parish, St. Francis’ Church, when repeated asthma attacks led to a fatal heart attack, said a City Hall employee.

“Growing up, every little girl thinks their father is a hero. I know mine was,” said Moret’s youngest daughter, Stefanie Iannacone, 27, at the ceremony.

In addition to Moret’s friends and family, members of the police and fire departments were present, as well as Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Director of Health and Human Services Leo Pellegrini, and various City Council members.

The plaque says throughout his years of service in the city, Moret served as the Union President of the Hoboken Supervisor Employees, he was active in the Office of Emergency Management and a member of the Hoboken Elks.

Moret was also commended by the mayor for his heroics during Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy.

“It fills me with immense pride to see my dad being recognized thusly by the town he loved. I speak for my family when I say we are truly honored to be standing here today,” added Iannacone. “We always knew he was the best and now the rest of the world [knows] too.”

As the ceremony came to a close, those in attendance applauded Moret’s dedication and sang happy birthday to his older daughter, Angela – whose birthday happened to fall on the day of the ceremony.

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