Hal Bozarth, executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey and a highly respected longtime political insider, has died.
He was 67.
Shawn Blythe, chairman of the council’s board of directors, sent an email message to Mr. Bozarth’s friends earlier today.
“To All, It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Hal Bozarth. We have lost a fearless leader, a valued colleague, and a dear friend. Hal was one of the most prominent, and well-known lobbyists in Trenton for more than thirty years.
“The entire Chemistry Council of New Jersey staff, Board of Directors, and membership grieves the passing of such a tremendous advocate for our industry, but also for the loss that his wife Debbie, and his son Hal suffer,” Blythe added. The Bozarth family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Funeral arrangements will be made public when finalized.
Born in Audubon in Camden County, Mr. Bozarth lived in Springfield in Burlington County, with his wife and son. Prior to heading the chemistry council, he was an elementary school teacher and later a principal in Gloucester County. According to a 2014 NJ Spotlight profile, Mr. Bozarth “was a member of the New Jersey Education Association’s first political education committee to endorse legislative candidates.”
“I got involved in politics and caught the bug,’’ Mr. Bozarth told the publication.