Former Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy and President of the Jersey City chapter of the NAACP, William Braker, were among around 500 people gathered at St. Patrickâ€™s Church in Jersey City to say their goodbyes to former Jersey City Superintendent of Schools, also an ex-assemblyman, Dr. Charles T. Epps, Jr. yesterday.
Epps passed away on March 17 at the age of 70, with his cause of death likely a heart attack.
After a four-mile funeral procession in the morning, several speakers addressed family and friends during the service, including Healy and Braker.
Healy told a light-hearted story about how Epps gave him a break from the local media before speaking about what a tremendous person he was.
Braker, who was brought to tears before the conclusion of his speech, kept a serious tone throughout when speaking about his â€œspecial friend.”
An in-depth tribute to Epps can be viewed here.