Essex County will hold a ceremony next Wednesday,
July 5, August 9, to dedicate a memorial bronze plaque recognizing Matthew BeneduceMcGrath. (UPDATE: The date has been changed to August 9.)
Born in Indiana, BeneduceMcGrath moved to Essex County and adopted Verona as his hometown and the base of operations for his sign-making business, Benegrathic Sign Design. His signs captured the essence of the places they promoted and were a form of public art because of the intricate design, materials and passion he invested in each project, including the signs for each of our county parks. BeneduceMcGrath was killed in a hit-and-run accident in front of his business on June 24, 2016.
The ceremony will be held in Verona Park 12 noon. Anyone wishing to attend should meet by the boathouse. You can see more of BeneduceMcGrath’s handiwork in the slideshow below.