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Please see the statement below from Mayor Chuck Cahn, on the passing of former Councilwoman and current Fire Commissioner Joyce Alexander Walker. Joyce served on Council from 1998 to 2005, and was its Vice President from 2002-05.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Joyce Alexander Walker. Joyce was someone whom I deeply admired and respected; a dedicated public servant, community organizer and leader whose impact will not soon be forgotten.
Joyce was a member of the Cherry Hill Township Council for 8 years, and continued to serve our community as chairwoman of the Board of Fire Commissioners. But her contributions went beyond elected office: She served for several years as a member of the Planning Board, was a founding member of the Cherry Hill Economic Development Council, and was an active member of the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association. She was a champion for women, a fierce advocate for the underprivileged, and worked passionately to promote peace, equality and unity.
More importantly, Joyce was a friend to all who had the honor and privilege of knowing her and working beside her. Her passing is a loss for all of us. Our thoughts are with Joyce's loved ones during this time of profound sadness. May her legacy provide some comfort to them in the coming weeks and months.
I never saw Joyce without smile on her face. Her warmth, generosity and zest for life and action were infectious. She inspired everyone who knew her, and that is how I will forever remember her.
Joyce lived what she preached, and there is no doubt she made this community a better, stronger place to live. She will be deeply missed.
The statement below is from Council President David Fleisher, on behalf of the entire Township Council.
We mourn the loss of Joyce Alexander Walker, chairwoman of the Board of Fire Commissioners and became the first African-American to serve on the Cherry Hill Township Council when we were elected together in 1997. Joyce served the governing body with distinction from 1998-2005, and served as its Vice President from 2002-05.
Joyce was a principled, honorable and effective public servant. I am honored to have served by her side, and to call her a dear, close friend.
All of Township Council extends our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones. We will memorialize Joyce's many contributions to our community in the days ahead, and will recognize her legacy of authentic public service.
Read more about Commissioner Walker here.