Paul J. Smith, the mayor of Union Beach, passed this afternoon at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was 66 years old.
Smith took a fall at home at about 2 p.m. this afternoon, according to his friend Charles Cocouzza, a Union Beach councilman. He appeared to be recovering in the hospital and unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest.
Smith was in his third term as mayor. He served Union Beach as a borough councilman for 37 years prior to becoming mayor.
“Paul was for the people all of the time, not just when it was convenient,” his long time friend Bob Burlew said.
Smith is survived by his wife Sharon, two daughters and a granddaughter.