By GLORIA STRAVELLI
METUCHEN –William Edwin Boerth, a former borough administrator, died July 7 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.
Saul Colonial Home in Hamilton Square is responsible for the funeral arrangements.
According to his obituary, Boerth was born on December 9, 1950 and was 70 years old at the time of his death.
He was administrator of the district of Metuchen for almost a quarter of a century, before retiring in 2014.
Mayor Jonathan Busch posted the news of Boerth’s passing on his Facebook page.
“We are saddened to learn of the death of former Borough Administrator Bill Boerth, who died today at the age of 70. Mr. Boerth served Metuchen for almost 24 years in this role, from 1991 to 2014, and gave so much of himself. to our community. The Borough offers its sincere condolences to the Boerth family. Commemorative banners will be hung in Borough Hall in honor of Mr. Boerth.
A resident of Chesterfield, Boerth was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, and graduated from Fargo North High School in 1969, according to the obituary. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated with the Class of 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
He served in the military and after his military service returned to Fargo to work in the family business, Boerth Frame & Mirror Co., Inc., with his father Walter and brother Richard.
While living in Fargo, Boerth became interested in the premises and was appointed to the City of Fargo Parking Authority and several city committees, according to the obituary. He was president of the Island Park Neighborhood Association and a member of the Fargo Heritage Society.
This community involvement led him to obtain a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, from which he graduated in 1984.
Boerth then served as administrator for the city of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
He was then appointed administrator of the city of Atlantic Highlands and ended his career as district administrator of the Metuchen borough, retiring in 2014.
According to the obituary, Boerth was actively involved in Civil War reenactments and was a member of the 1st Maine Cavalry Unit and the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers.
Private cremation services are under the direction of Saul Colonial Home, Hamilton Square. A private memorial service and burial services will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Boerth to the Collie Health Foundation, American Battlefield Trust, CHOP Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice by visiting In Memory Of on inmemof. org.