Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hoboken cultural affairs official and activist Tom Olivieri passes at 75

HFHA announces:

The Hoboken Fair Housing Association (HFHA) mourns the loss of Tom Olivieri, 75, who passed away on Thursday night.  As a long-time tenants' rights activist, Tom was well-known and loved by supporters of rent protections in Hoboken.  Tom served the City of Hoboken as Tenant Advocate and later as a cultural affairs official. He retired in 2001.  

Tom was long at the center of cultural and civic activities in Hoboken's broad-ranging Hispanic Community including the fighting of the wide-spread displacement of poor residents during the 1970s.  Tom continued to be active in the fight against displacement and in support of maintaining rent protections as a key participant in the HFHA campaign against a ballot question intended to severely weaken rent protections that appeared on the Hoboken ballot in 2012 and 2013.  Tom will be sorely missed.  

A funeral mass will be offered on June 10 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hoboken.  His burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, No. Arlington. Visiting at The Lawton-Turso Funeral Home 633 Washington St., Hoboken, Sunday/Monday 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 both days.  

Tom Oliveri

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