ELIZABETH – At tonight’s meeting of the Elizabeth Board of Education, board members will honor Felipe Gómez for over 50 years of tireless dedication to the cause of democracy in his native Cuba and civic service to the community.
Gómez will be posthumously awarded the Lifetime of Excellent Achievements Award for his efforts in the defense of education, truth and freedom. The Board of Education will present the award to his family, including his wife Heida and sons John and Philip, principal of Elmora School No. 12.
Earlier this year, Brian Stack, Union City mayor and state senator, paid tribute to Gómez by naming a street in Union City “Felipe Gómez Way” after the Cuban patriot. He was a principled man who was very active in causes that reflected his cherished values of human dignity, kindness and respect for all people. Gómez was an eloquent orator who spoke often in defense of truth, freedom, and the value of education.
Gómez was instrumental in launching the Cuban newspaper El Litoral and for many years worked with journalist Felix Paret on articles and editorials for the community. He viewed the dissemination of information as a powerful tool and felt that education was at the heart of democracy.
Gómez passed away on Oct. 21.
Former Board of Education member Rafael Fajardo described his friend Felipe as a man of the highest character. “Felipe Gómez helped the people and sacrificed his life for the causes that he held so dear. His life could be summed up as a testament to truth, human dignity, and kindness. He was a man who would never compromise his principles for anything.”
Board President Carlos Trujillo stated, “The Lifetime of Excellent Achievements Award is but a small testament to Felipe Gómez’s lifetime of honorable service to the community.”
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