Hoboken cultural affairs official and activist Tom Olivieri passes at 75
The Hoboken Fair Housing Association (HFHA) mourns the loss of Tom Olivieri, 75, who passed away on Thursday night. As a long-time tenants’ rights activist, Tom was well-known and loved by supporters of rent protections in Hoboken. Tom served the City of Hoboken as Tenant Advocate and later as a cultural affairs official. He retired in 2001.
Tom was long at the center of cultural and civic activities in Hoboken’s broad-ranging Hispanic Community including the fighting of the wide-spread displacement of poor residents during the 1970s. Tom continued to be active in the fight against displacement and in support of maintaining rent protections as a key participant in the HFHA campaign against a ballot question intended to severely weaken rent protections that appeared on the Hoboken ballot in 2012 and 2013. Tom will be sorely missed.
A funeral mass will be offered on June 10 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hoboken. His burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, No. Arlington. Visiting at The Lawton-Turso Funeral Home 633 Washington St., Hoboken, Sunday/Monday 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 both days.
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