Remembering Mary Damato
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of a dedicated member of The Asbury Park Historical Society, without whom so many of our organization’s accomplishments would never have been possible. As the longest-serving trustee on our board, MARY DAMATO played a major role in helping the Society transition from a “homeless” group of local history buffs, to an active and engaged presence in the Asbury Park community.
The Newark native became a resident of Asbury Park in 1984, during a time when many people had begun to write off our city's future. But like so many others, Mary saw a way forward through the appreciation of the rich and colorful history of her new home…and when the call went out for volunteers in the fledgling Historical Society, Mary brought her years of experience in the banking business to the table, serving with distinction as Treasurer for more than 15 years.
Always a popular presence whenever the Society took part in colorful parades and parties, Mary Damato was also a crucial contributor to such APHS projects as the restoration of the Library Square fountain, the dedication of the Morro Castle monument, and the move to a permanent home at the Stephen Crane House. Even serious injury in a 2015 car accident couldn’t keep Mary from addressing her duties with the dedication and attention to detail that all who knew her came to expect and appreciate. As the photographs attest, Mary’s warm smile and affinity for local life illuminated many a community event through the years, and we are humbled and happy to have called her a colleague and a friend.