Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Montclair mourns the loss of hometown hero, Yankee legend Yogi Berra, who passed away late last night at the age of 90. Yogi and wife Carmen resided in Montclair for nearly 40 years.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Berra and my heartfelt condolences go out to his wonderful family,” said Mayor Robert Jackson.
Considered one of baseball’s greatest players of all time, Mr. Berra was also known for colorful “Yogi-isms” such as “It’s déjà vu all over again” and “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
“When you get to a fork in the road take it,” was how Mr. Berra told his friend Joe Garagiola to get to the Yankee legend’s home in Montclair.
The fork is located at the corner of Edgewood Road and Edgewood Terrace has been memorialized to honor the Township’s famous one-time resident with the alternate name of Yogi Berra Way.
Montclair passed an ordinance in November of 2012 to add Berra’s name to Edgewood Terrace as a tribute to the local hero. The Yogi Berra Way street sign was officially unveiled at a commemorative ceremony in January, 2013.
“War hero, legend, gentleman, and patriarch apply but are woefully inadequate," said Mayor Jackson. "We love you Mr. Berra. Rest in peace.”
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Baseball Digest, front cover, September 1956 issue.