Services set for EHC developer Brad Haber

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Bradley N. Haber Bradley N. Haber EGG HARBOR CITY – Brad Haber, developer of Neighborhoods at Cedar Creek, was killed in an early morning car crash Friday, May 16 in Mullica Township. He was

Haber, 60, of Medford touched the lives of many city residents, including children who play sports for the Crusaders Youth Athletic Organization, and students at Cedar Creek High School. Haber donated money and materials to build dugouts at the Key-Rec field and an equipment shed for the Cedar Creek baseball team. Many of the adults in the community called him “friend.”

Cedar Creek Head Coach Mike Isgro said the Pirates baseball team is grateful for Haber’s support. 

“I went to him seeking a small donation of supplies that we would be able to utilize in the construction of a building to house our scorekeepers table and equipment.  Instead, what he provided was all of the wood for a 10-by-10-foot building and an additional two windows.  His donation easily saved us $2,000 or more and quite honestly, I don't know if we could have done it without his support.  We will be forever grateful,” Isgro said.

Haber was driving to work in Egg Harbor City shortly before 6 a.m. when his Cadillac went off the road along the 3400-block of Nesco Road, and hit several trees and a utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the cause of the accident and are looking for witnesses. Anyone who may have seen the accident is asked to call Mullica Township Police at 609-561-7600, ext. 121.

The Elwood and Nesco fire departments responded to the scene and used the Jaws of Life. His dog that was in the car was taken to a veterinarian.

Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said she was in disbelief when police told her of the accident.

“This is very sad for his family. Brad was a visionary and we see that his dream for Egg Harbor City was starting to come true. He was a partner with the community and supported our schools. He never said no when people asked. He did everything he could to be part of our town and he will be sadly missed.”

Haber was selected as the redeveloper for the Egg Harbor North Redevelopment Zone in 2011 and purchased 46 lots from the city for $690,000. Sales were going better than expected he said at a City Council meeting on March 27. He was planning to start Neighborhood Two this month, and purchase more land for Neighborhood Three in the fall.

City Councilman Ed Dennis, who worked closely with Haber during the redevelopment process said the accident was a terrific tragedy for Haber’s family.

Dennis said Haber was a consummate professional who delivered what he said he would.

“He was driving to work at 6 a.m., that shows you what a dedicated person he was,” Dennis said.

Haber was big on using local contractors and suppliers and often took his employees out for refreshments on Friday after work.

“I love it here and I’m honored to be part of the community. You gave me a lot of opportunities her, and I want to make the most of it,” he told residents gathered at the meeting.

Haber worked for K. Hovnanian before starting his own company several years ago.

Dennis said he was not sure how the Haber vision would continue.

“For the short period of time he was involved in Egg Harbor City it will have a long-lasting effect, and a positive one at that,” Dennis said.

Jiampetti said it was too early to speculate on what would happen with the housing development. Although he was at the forefront of Brad Haber Homes, Jiampetti believed he did have financial partners.

“Hopefully, everything will work out. Brad was a responsible man when he was with us and he will continue to be responsible even though he’s gone. He was just a good guy,” she said.

Haber is survived by his wife Dean and daughter Amara Haber. Relatives and friends are invited to funeral services 2 p.m. Tusday at Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc., 2001 Berlin Rd. Cherry Hill. Internment will be at Locustwood Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed at the late residence 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Contributions in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity.

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