Jack Bolger

Dec 12 1934 - Oct 24 2016

John Paul Anthony “Jack” Bolger, former resident and mayor of Sparta, NJ. Jack also lived in the Oranges NJ, Stamford CT, Stillwater NJ, Florham Park NJ, South Royalton VT, Carefree AZ, Phoenix AZ, Hartland WI, and most recently in Butler, KY.

Born 12/12/1934 to Lewis T. Bolger Sr and Edythe (Haynes) in East Orange, NJ

Predeceased by his parents, older brother Lewis T. “Mike” Bolger, younger sister Francesca, half sister Pat, and his second wife, Diane, nee Clarke.

Graduate of Newton High School, Newton NJ and Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.

He worked in advertising and public relations, first for his father's agency in Sparta, then for the Newman/Marwell Agency in Bloomfield, NJ, and later owned Advertising/Marketing Associates in Bloomfield, NJ, Nutley NJ, and Sparta, NJ until 1991. From 1978-1991 art director William J. "Bill" Nagengast Jr. played a key role in the agency's success.

Jack briefly owned and operated two restaurants with his first wife Dotty. These were Sandy's Drive-In in Sharon VT and The Rusty Bell in South Royalton, VT, from 1974-1975.

1976-1980s, Jack was a partner in the Prather/Bolger Public Relations firm in Sparta.

Circa 1976 Jack had an Exxon gasoline station concession in Sparta; long time family friend Gene Clunie operated the repair portion of the business.

In 1989 Jack started Electro-Dyn Corporation with business associate and friend Bob Derse of Port Jervis NY. Electro Dyn imported and manufactured power supplies from 1989 until 1995.

While Jack seldom took the lead in charitable efforts, he was continuously volunteering for a wide range of causes and was a tireless promoter for a number of fundraisers and campaigns wherever he lived. This ultimately led to his appointment to fill a vacancy on the Sparta Township Council in 1977, where he served until 1990, winning successful re-election in 1978, 1982, 1986. He served three terms as Mayor, 1979, 1984, 1988. He was also on the Sparta Township Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Environmental Commission, as well as the Sussex County Planning Board. During this time he was recognized by the Sparta Fire Department for spearheading a campaign to fund the town's "jaws of life," which was one of the first in the region. He also played a key role in the creation of Sparta Day. At other times in his adult life Jack was president of the Fox Hollow Beach Club, and trustee of the Madison NJ YMCA, where he worked on a new building campaign in the 1960s.

After moving to Arizona in 1991, Jack worked in real estate before retiring.

In retirement he volunteered as a deputy in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. He was also active in the Son Rise Community Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Survived by his wife Marcia (Sheerwood) Tate Bolger of Butler, KY; sons Rick (Sandy) of Sparta, NJ, Glen (Carol) Alexandria, VA, Rod (Nancy) Toronto, Canada, daughter Krissi Hill (LaKelvin) of Wisconsin, ten grandchildren, nine nieces and nephews, former wife Dotty (nee Pool) of Sparta. Jack was the beloved stepfather of David, Richard and Patricia Tate.

Jack Prather left and Jack Bolger late 1975

Above, with partner Jack Prather, left, in a publicity photo introducing Prather/Bolger Public Relations, probably late 1975.

Jack Bolger with Bill Curcio and Ed Maske at Giants Stadium tailgate

Above, Jack was a fixture at New York Giants games during the 1980s, shown here seated center with good friend Bill Curcio. Standing behind, from left, personal friend and attorney Ed Maske, employee and friend David Mullen, brother-in-law Pete Clarke, son Rod. Seated left front (?).

Jack Bolger 1985

Above, St. Patrick's Day at 90 Sparta Avenue, 1985.

Jack Bolger at United Way fundraiser 1990

Above, United Way of Sussex County fundraiser, 1990.

Jack Bolger with Cliff Gammelin at a fundraiser in Arizona

Above, volunteering with Cliff Gammelin at a fundraiser in Arizona, 1991.

Jack Bolger with granddaughters Ally & Brynna 1999

Above, celebrating #65 with granddaughters Ally & Brynna, 1999.

Jack Bolger with family at Carls wedding 2001

Above, Jack with his beloved sons and fraternal nephews, from left, Rod, Rick, Carl (seated), Mark (kneeling), Phil, Glen. Photo taken 2001 in Fishkill NY at Carl's wedding celebration.

Above, mayoral portrait, 1979