Mayor Richard Corcoran and the Town Council of Boonton have named Joseph Whritenour as the 2023 Citizen of the Year, recognizing his decades-long commitment to community service and local youth programs.
TOWN OF BOONTON, MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – In a significant acknowledgment of community service and dedication, Mayor Richard Corcoran, on behalf of Boonton's Town Council and its residents, has officially declared Joseph Whritenour as the 2023 Citizen of the Year. This prestigious honor comes as a testament to Whritenour's unwavering commitment to the Boonton community, marked by his various roles and contributions spanning several decades.
Joseph Whritenour's roots in Boonton run deep. Growing up in a family of eight on Birch Street, he has been a lifelong resident and an active member of the community. His journey of service began with the Junior Fire Department in 1979, eventually leading to his membership in the Boonton Fire Department in 1982. Whritenour's bravery and skill were particularly noted during his tenure as Fire Chief from 2000 to 2001, a period marked by significant contributions to public safety and community wellbeing.
Beyond his service in the fire department, Whritenour's dedication to Boonton's youth is remarkable. His involvement in coaching Little League baseball and softball teams, as well as Grayhawk football teams, has left a lasting impact on the town's young athletes. Since 2013, he has also served as the Boonton High School (BHS) Booster President and has been an active football parent, showcasing his commitment to supporting and nurturing young talent in sports.
Perhaps one of the most endearing aspects of Whritenour's contribution to Boonton is his role in bringing holiday cheer to the community. Since 1994, he has played a special part in enhancing the festive season for Boonton's children, adding a touch of magic and joy to their celebrations.
In recognition of these multifaceted contributions, the proclamation honors Joseph Whritenour not just for his individual achievements but also for his role in fostering a sense of community and togetherness in Boonton. His story is one of persistent dedication, selfless service, and an unwavering commitment to making Boonton a better place for all its residents.
The community's gratitude towards Whritenour is palpable. As Boonton celebrates its Citizen of the Year, it also celebrates the spirit of community service and the impact one individual can have in shaping the lives of many. Joseph Whritenour's story is a beacon of inspiration and a reminder of the profound difference committed citizens can make in their local communities.