Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli issue the following statement on facebook :
“On behalf of the entire Fair Haven Community, I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Councilman Jerome Koch, who passed away on Sunday evening from injuries he sustained after being struck by a car on River Road in Fair Haven late Saturday afternoon. Councilman Koch was a dedicated public servant who served the residents of Fair Haven for nine years as a member of our Borough Council. More importantly, Jerome was a husband, father, and grandfather, who was dearly loved his by his family. His passing is tragic and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We send our best thoughts, prayers, and support, to his family during this time of mourning.”
Lucarelli told RedBankGreen that Koch was bicycling westbound near Elm Place when he veered into the traffic lane and was struck from behind by a vehicle at about 3:30pm Saturday. Koch was medi-vaced to Jersey Shore Medical Center where he passed today.
Koch served on the borough council since 2006. He was defeated in his reelection bid by newcomer Aimee Humphreys earlier this month.
A retired father of four, Koch is survived by his wife Betsy, a teacher, daughters Kristen, Katie and Kerry and a son Jake. His granddaughter Grace is the child of Katie and her husband Erik Thorvilson, according to Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect.