School counselor Ava Finnerty has passed away
Bayonne school counselor Ava Finnerty died over the holiday weekend, according to schools superintendent John Niesz. Finnerty succumbed to cancer after a battle of several years.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Administrator Ava Finnerty has passed away,” Niesz said. “After a long career in the district, she has become a dedicated and respected member of the BOE. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. “
Finnerty was among the first elected trustees of the education board, following the transition from the board of appointed trustees to elected trustees in 2015. Finnerty was re-elected in 2018.
Prior to her tenure on the Board of Education, Finnerty was a career educator. She was a teacher for over 42 years before retiring, including 34 years in the Bayonne district. The remaining eight were devoted to teaching in Jersey City parish schools.
Thoughts and prayers
After the announcement of her death, those who knew her offered their condolences.
“We are all saddened to learn of the passing of Ava Finnerty,” said Mayor James Davis. “Ava, a school counselor from Bayonne, had dedicated her life to educating our children. Our condolences to the entire Finnerty family, as Bayonne mourns this great loss. “
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Ava Finnerty,” said First Ward City Councilor Neil Carroll. “She has dedicated her life to education as a teacher and administrator. My condolences to the entire Finnerty family.
“Our sincere condolences to the entire Finnerty family on the loss of Ava,” said Christopher Munoz, vice-chairman of the Board of Education. “She was one of a kind. May God watch over you all during this difficult time and always. Ava will be truly missed.
“This woman wanted nothing more than the district to be the best,” said Charles Ryan, friend and former member of the education board.
“Thank you Ava Finnerty for all the encouragement you gave my Ali in speaking about his father and sister,” said Safe Driving advocate Pam O’Donnell. “Thank you for always supporting our cause, all messages of support and for never stopping doing what we are doing. Your love, friendship and support will be truly missed. You can rest easy now, we will take it from here dear friend.
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