EDWARD GARRITY was active in Camden politics and civic affairs from the 1920s until his death in 1963 at the age of 65. He was elected to the Coty Commission in 1955 and 1959, and among other posts he held over the years included Director of Public Safety.

On April 3, 1954 a banquet was held at Kenney's restaurant on Market Street in honor of retiring Camden Police Department detective August Pfleiderer. Joseph Mardino chaired the committee which put the banquet together. Other members of the committee include Clifford Carr, Harry Tracy, George Ellis, Nathaniel Jones, James Mulligan, Russell Maurer, Samuel E. Johnson, Edward C. Garrity, Frank H. Ryan, James M. O'Neill, Stephen M. O'Keefe, Edward J. Quinlan and Joseph Webster.

Edward C. Garrity died of a heart attack at his home, 1340 Chase Strreet, on August 13, 1963.

Camden Courier-Post - July 30, 1941

Edward Garrity - Mary W. Kobus - Dr. David S. Rhone - George W. Frost
Thirteenth Ward Republican Club
- Marian Garrity - Louis Street - Whitman Avenue

Camden Courier-Post - September 17, 1948

ALL of the officers
were fully exonerated of ANY wrongdoing.

Nathan Petit - David S. Rhone
Louis T. Goldman - Bruce A. Wallace
Anthony Skolski - Charles Hance
Martin Nelson - George Getley
Everett Joslin - James Wilson
Walter Vecander - Anthony Palese
Edward Garrity - Samuel E. Johnson

James Bishop
Joseph Weller
Charles Howard
John Williams

Camden Courier-Post * March 19, 1949

Charley Humes
Roxie Allen
Mickey Blair
Shamus Maguire
Eddie Chaney
Pee Wee Ross
Jackie Hindle
Watson Finch
George Abner
Nick Nichols
Dixie Allen
Mike O'Dowd
Benny Leonard
Pete Herman
Jimmy Wilde
Gene Tunney
John Smith
Lee Smith
Lou McFarland
Higgins & Kaplam
Tommy James
Sgt. Ray Smith
Pose Robinson
Willie Davis
Harry Smith
Jim Kelly

Temple Theatre
Newt Blanchard
Broadway Theater
Convention Hall
Plaza Hotel
Roy R. Stewart
Mike Brennan
Tommy Loughran
Jack Dempsey

K.O. Joey O'Donnell

Frankie Conway
Willie Spencer
Charlie Daggert
Jimmy Rafferty
Eddie "Kid" Wagner
Young Sherlock
Eddie Forrest
Battling Nelson
Willie Fuller
Joey O'Connor

Chick Hunt
Eddie Melson

Joe "Kid" FIsher
Harry "Dick" Donohue

Nick Nichols
Eddie Prince
Johnny Sapio

Weber's Hof Brau
Young Joe Grim
Edward Garrity
George Murphy
Eddie Tighe
Richie Joehner
Jimmy Tighe
Jimmy Jordan
Eddie Douglas
Bobby Graham
Steve Jackson
Frankie McLaughlin
Neil McLaughlin
Johnny "Homo" Bryan
Duncan Carswell
Jimmy Dean
Jack Dean

Theo Ellick
Joe Spearing
"Red" Haines
Standard Theater

Everett Joslin
John Taylor

Joey Powell
Soldier Freeman
Victor King
Augie Oswald
Charlie Mack
Battling Mack


Camden Courier-Post * April 15, 1950
Wilbur Morse - Stevens Street - Louis Cohen - Ventorino Francesconi
Edward Garrity - Dr. David S. Rhone - Dr. David D. Helm - Maurice O'Brien

Camden Courier-Post * November 6, 1953


Walter N. Carley - Leon B. Niewinski - Jules Kornberger - Thomas Kenney Sr. - Albert Kornberger
Anthony Skolski - Carter Paper Company - Joseph Lack - Walter Heim - Samuel D. Payne
William Rohrer - Angelo D. Malandra - Joseph J. Macomb - Lawrence J. Wisely - Frank H. Ryan
William A. Stretch - E. George Aaron - Edward Goldsmith - Willard Schriver - John McCloskey
Dominick Sasso - William J. Myles - Edward Brewer - Julian Masso - Edward Garrity

Camden Courier-Post * December 13, 1957

J. Walter Trappe - George Brunner - Sidney P. McCord - Dr. Ethan A. Lang
Edward Garrity - Stevens Street

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1960

Pierce Is Ousted As Safety Head


 Amid cheers and boos from spectators, Mayor Pierce was switched from director of public safety to public affairs director at a commission meeting Thursday night.

Pierce lost control of the police and fire departments by a 4·1 vote. The motion to divest the mayor of the public safety department was made by Commissioner Abbott and seconded by Commissioner Garrity. Pierce cast the lone dissenting vote against the change.

At 8:25 p. m. after the commission had gone through the routine business, Commissioner Shepp handed a sheaf of papers to City Clerk John T. Odorisio. Odorisio started shuffling the papers when Shepp told him to read them in the order he gave them to him.

Cheers, Boos

The resolutions read by the clerk first changed the duties of the various commissioners. The more than 500 spectators cheered then booed as Pierce cast the only dissenting vote.

Then Odorisio read the resolution which then transferred four of the commissioners.

Garrity, who was public affairs director, was named top succeed Pierce as public safety director in charge of the police and fire departments.

The public affairs directorship was a sharply curtailed one as contrasted to what Garrity had. Assigned to the department of public affairs was the director's office, the revaluation program, visiting nurses, public assistance, the Camden County Historical Society, charitable institutions, the Parking Authority, Civil Defense and celebration of public events, anniversaries and holidays.

Garrity retained the health department, sanitary control and cemeteries.

Taken away from the department of public affairs and given to other commissioners was the plumbing inspector, municipal court, Municipal Hospital, Convention Hall, city clerk, elections, city property, bureau of tax title perfection and redemption, municipal welfare and Radio Station WCAM.

Commissioner Abbott was designated director of the department of public works; Italiano was named director of public parks and property, while Shepp retained the department of revenue and finance. Pierce again cast the lone dissenting vote.

Declines to Make Statement

At the close of the meeting a Courier-Post reporter asked Commissioner Italiano why he had I voted to strip Mayor Pierce.

"I'd rather not make any statement at this time," Italiano replied. "I may make a statement later."

The reporter pointed out that whatever the commissioner had to say should be in today's newspaper. Italiano repeated:

"I'd rather not have anything to say right now. I may have a statement in a day or two."

Commissioner Garrity left the meeting room while the reporter was talking to Italiano.

Contacted Again

Again, this morning, a reporter contacted Italiano and asked him if he would explain his vote. He replied:

"No comment."

Commissioner Garrity, reached at his home today, also was asked if he had any statement to make concerning his vote to strip Mayor Pierce.

"I haven't prepared any state­ment as yet," Garrity said. "I will have one later. I am figuring it out in my mind."

 Solicitor Quits

Following the changes, Michael J. Piarulli, city solicitor who would have reported to Shepp under the realignment, resigned. He previously was under Pierce's office.

"I cannot, in good conscience, continue to work as city solicitor in a department headed by Commissioner Shepp," Piarulli said. "I have nothing against Shepp. In due fairness, I do not feel I could do justice to the job."

The meeting was thrown open to the public and many persons present spoke against the action of the commissioners in taking the department of public safety from Pierce. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1960

Overflow crowd of more than 500 spectators jammed city commission chambers Thursday night at meeting which stripped Mayor Pierce of his duties as director of public safety and made him director of public affairs.

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1960
Quits Post

CITY COUNSEL Michael J. Piarulli makes speech of resignation at meeting of city commission.

Meeting is Conducted Orderly
y Mayor  Despite Difficulties
Greeted by 500 Amid Applause And Cat-Calls

Mayor Pierce was determined to run an orderly meeting and he did Thursday night when his fellow commissioners stripped him of his duties as public safety director.

When Pierce entered the commission chambers, bulging at the seams by an overflow crowd of more than 500, he was greeted by a mixture of applause and cat­calls. When it became evident that he was faced with difficulties in maintaining order, Pierce sharply rapped the gavel and told the crowd:

"I ask you to give every commissioner the opportunity to conduct the business of this meeting.

"I know there are a lot of police officers here. I want them to exercise their judgment and see that this meeting is orderly." Rumor Spreads

The crowds started gathering early for the meeting with many police officers who had been assigned to the protection  

of Vice President Nixon in the commission chambers. At 7.40 p. m. the chambers were half-filled as rumors spread throughout the city of an impending change in the structure of the city commison.

Among the early arrivals were Thomas Watson, register of deeds, and his deputy, J. James Hainsworth.

Commissioners Abbott and Shepp entered the chambers about 7:50 p. m. with Commissioners Italiano and Garrity coming in about 7:59 p. m. Pierce did not come in until 8.05 p. m. leading to conjecture in the crowd as to whether or not he was going to show up.

Mixed Reaction

Each time Pierce cast a no vote on the realignment of responsibilities for the various commissioners, there was a mixture of cheers and booing.

On the vote concerning the change of duties of the department of public safety Pierce inadvertently cast a yes vote. He quickly corrected himself after briefly laughing.

"It's easy to be preoccupied by what's going on here tonight," he, said.

Following the action which made him director of public affairs, Pierce again was forced to call for order. He interrupted Michael J. Piarulli, city counsel, in the midst of his speech of resignation when the crowd became too noisy.

"If I have to call police officers in I'll do so," Pierce said. "I'm not police commissioner now, but if anyone wants to try, me, let them do so."

Pierce asked the policemen in the audience to stand up. He asked their aid in maintaining order and asked that they put out of the meeting any noisy or disorderly person.

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1960

Commission Department Assignments

This is how the departments were assigned to the commissioners Thursday night:

Mayor Pierce, director of public affairs: the director's office, revaluation program, visiting nurses, public assistance, Camden County Historical Society, charitable institutions, parking authority, civil defense and' celebration of public events, anniversaries and holidays.

Commissioner Garrity, director of public safety: the director's office, police bureau, fire bureau, electrical bureau, municipal motors, health department; sanitary control and cemeteries,

Commissioner Italiano, director of, parks and public property: director's office, public parks, playgrounds, street lighting, bureau of smoke control, municipal welfare, municipal hospital, municipal court, sealer of weights and measures, transportation inspector, board of Alcoholic Beverage Control, public libraries, city baseball league, municipal market, Station WCAM and Convention Hall.

Commissioner Abbott, director of public works: director's office, city engineer, bureau of highways, bureau of sewers and sewage treatments, streets, bureau of animal welfare, water bureau, plumbing inspector and South Jersey Port Commission.

Commissioner Shepp, director of revenue and finance: director's office, city comptroller, annual audit, assessor's office, city counsel, city property, bureau of tax title perfection and redemption, repairs to tax title lien properties, tax office, printing and advertising, publicity and public welfare, plan­ning and housing redevelopment, stationery and supplies, housing and rehabilitation, purchasing bureau, building inspector, city clerk and elections.

Trenton Evening Times - July 29, 1960

Alfred Pierce - Edward Garrity - Frank Italiano - William Shepp - Frank Abbott - Gustav Koerner

A New Class of Probies - January 1961

Recruit Firemen Clarence Hawkins, Joseph Arensberg, Jerise Garten Sr., Richard "Randy" Brooks, Walter Williams, Commissioner Edward Garrity
and Chief of Department
Edward MacDowell

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Trenton Times - February 6, 1961

Carmin Fuscellaro Jr. - Dennis Evans - Donald Murphy - Edward C. Garrity
Click on Image for PDF File of Complete Article

Director of Public Safety Edward Garrity presents
Chief of Department
Edward MacDowell with a municipal proclamation
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Witnessing, from left: Fireman George Wade, Fireman Harrison MacNeir,
Fireman John Gaffney Sr., Fireman James Troutman, Fireman Ernest Tartaglia, Captain Allen Hess, Fireman John Yates, District Chief Harry Wagner (obscured), District Chief Edward Michalak, Fireman Dominick Dalanni, Fireman
Howard Lewis, Fireman Henry Keubler

Camden Courier-Post * August 13, 1963


David S. Rohne - John T. Garrity - Albert Garrity - Thomas Garrity - Sidney McCord Jr. - Edward Garrity
Chase Street - Dr. R. Dean Cavalli

Camden Courier-Post
August 14, 1963

Edward Garrity
Alfred R. Pierce

Isadore Borstein

Camden Courier-Post
June 3, 1967

Edward Garrity
Thomas Garrity
John T. Garrity
Fairview Street
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church