The lights went out at the DeCorso Community Center (New Providence Senior Center) last night as a crowd gathered to attend a special presentation in honor of the late Jack Keyser.
Although it turns out a breaker was thrown when the control tower for the center’s new Jack Keyser Audio Visual Center was switched on, many attendees quipped that they now knew Keyser was on hand.
Keyser died not quite two years ago, but his memory lives on in tangible ways, as was obvious on Wednesday, Aug. 1, when friends and family gathered at the DeCorso Community Center to see a plaque presented in his honor.
His wife, Jeanette, daughters Leslie, Linda and Jackie, and son Roger were on hand for the presentation, as were their spouses and children.
Members of the New Providence Lions Club turned out in force, too. The club was the group presenting the plaque after refurbishing the audio/visual capabilities at the center in his honor.
Before his death, Keyser, in his role of treasurer of the New Providence Senior Center Club, was working on updating the center’s audio/visual systems. After his death, his family suggested memorial donations in his name be given to the New Providence Senior Citizens Club.
Past President of the Lions Club Bob Campbell said it seemed appropriate to the club’s members, several of whom are also members of the Senior Citizens Club, to finish his work. They added two big screen television sets to the center, internet access and cable TV, as well as upgraded the sound system for the entire center, Campbell said, adding that the entire building is now digitized.