Angela M. Hibbard-Duddy, who served for years as the Brick Township recreation director and has a park named in her honor, died over the weekend at the age of 91,
Hibbard was the Director of Recreation for 30 years in Brick, according to an obituary, and the first female recreation director in New Jersey. She founded the Special Persons Annual Athletic Track and Field Day, the building of municipal tennis courts, obtained the grants for the Forge Pond property, assisted with the development of the township’s two ocean beaches in addition to Windward Beach, founded and developed several playgrounds including Herbertsville, Frede Drive, Birchwood Park, and the park on Drum Point Road that has been named in her honor.
She initiated the Shore’s first soccer programs and expanded Brick’s recreational program to youth basketball and year-round gym programs. She also started the town’s swimming instructional program, senior citizen club, and preschool program.
Hibbard was a charter member of the Police Athletic League (PAL) and was an active member of the hospital committee that raised the funding for the first hospital in Brick.
“Angela’s generosity and spirit was unparalleled to the youth and citizens of Brick,” the obituary said.
She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Duddy and her first husband, Edmund H. Hibbard.
Surviving is her son Mark Hibbard and wife, Cheryl of Brick, daughter Donna Kuch and husband, Kevin of Toms River; four grandchildren, Mark Jr, Teague, Meghan, and Kelsey. Seven Great Grandchildren, Jace, Tyler, Teague Jr, Keira, Olivia, Jason Jr,, and Estlin.
Viewing hours will be on Wednesday, Spet. 28, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Service at 11:00 am at the Colonial Funeral Home 2170 Hwy 88, Brick, NJ 08724. Following the Service, an Endowment will take place at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to The Angela Hibbard Scholarship Fund, 1122 Federal Way, Toms River, NJ 08753.