By Phil Stilton
TOMS RIVER–Toms River Township’s Director of Public Works, Lou Amoruso and the township council honored the life and career of Peter Zarestky at the February 11th township council meeting.
Mr. Zaestky died while on the job on January 25th, while working on a project in downtown Toms River. After collapsing in the street from an apparent heart attack, fellow workers called 911 and the Toms River police performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived and rushed to Community Medical Center.
“Pete was a very popular and hardworking guy and DPW was like his family,” according to Mayor Thomas Kelaher.
“Apparently, he hadn’t felt well the day before they said it was alright to take the day off, but and he came in the next day to get a job done, that’s the kind of person he was” Kelaher said. “He only had another year and a half left before retirement.”
At the meeting, Zarestky’s family was presented with a plaque which read “Peter ‘Peetie’ Zarestky; Toms River Township Public Works Department; January 3, 1989-January 25, 2013; 24 Years of Dedicated Service to the Township of Toms River.”
“There wasn’t anybody in public works who didn’t like Pete, he was just a decent guy and a guy who just came and did his job,” said Lou Amoruso, Director of Public Works. “I just want to take this opportunity to present this retirement plaque on behalf of all of us in public works and the township.”
He is survived by his sister Karen and her husband Tyler Peirson, his nephew Dylan Peirson and his special sister Penny Peirson, all of Jackson, his brothers, Bruce and his wife Judy Evans of Cincinnati, OH and Craig Evans of Trenton.