Barnegat Paying Tribute to Beloved Dock Master



AN ICON: Irrespective of whether it was an individual baiting a hook or launching a boat, Phil Greco was eager to lend a hand. (Equipped Picture)
Whilst awaiting regularly heat climate, boat proprietors have been finding their individual watercraft prepped for the summer season season.
And at the Barnegat Township dock and boat ramp, officials are planning a tribute in honor of Phil Greco, the longtime dockmaster who a short while ago handed absent at age 94. He served in that ability from April 1994 through the stop of the 2016 year.
As dockmaster, he was liable for the risk-free site visitors and mooring of vessels, basic operation of the docks and maintaining a safe and clean up setting during the facility.
“He was as substantially a aspect of Barnegat as the dock alone, a excellent dude,” mentioned Mayor Albert Bille. “He was often keen to lend a hand. He liked to talk and make people smile and make guaranteed that their time at the dock was pleasant.”
Bille stated the town is on the lookout to set up a plaque by the dock and is wanting to dedicate it throughout the summertime.
Greco grew up in Bergen County. He savored swimming and boating in the numerous rivers and lakes northern New Jersey had to give. When he retired as a gross sales representative for the Pfaff Sewing Machine Co., he moved to Barnegat and became associated with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The group is regarded for conducting boating basic safety programs and boat inspections.
“Quite a couple of moments I’d be with the auxiliary at the Barnegat dock,” Greco recalled in an interview in 2016. “The recreation director at the time said she preferred my operate, and asked if I’d like to function for the township at the dock. I was retired by then, so I believed I’d give it a shot.
“The dockmaster is commonly the 1st particular person with whom a boater will interact. Which was great, due to the fact I genuinely like talking with people today. That’s a large portion of the position, due to the fact a ton of individuals will have inquiries, and I want to be able to assistance them out as very best I can.”
Previous Mayor John Novak stated of Greco, “He’d assist everyone, no matter whether it is someone with boating troubles, or a kid placing bait on the hook in the fishing and crabbing region. Any person launching a boat or fishing had some make contact with with him. He want(ed) everybody to take pleasure in their time at the dock.”
When his obligations ended up about on Saturdays, Greco would wander over to the space of the dock exactly where the totally free night live shows ended up held and support set up. He knew his existence was important since he was the one who handed the bands their checks.
“He was a fixture at the concerts,” reported Bille. “He often experienced enjoyment dancing. Even following he retired as dockmaster, he would stop by mainly because the dock was really his dwelling away from residence.”  —E.E.

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