FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council unanimously approved a resolution of respect in honor of former common councilor, Daniel H. Knopp Jr., who passed away on September 8, 2016.
Knopp, 47, served as second ward councilor on the Fulton Common Council after his appointment fulfilled the unexpired term of James Rice on July 4, 2007 and ran through December 31, 2007.
Knopp was then elected to the second ward councilor position where he served three consecutive terms from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2015.
During his time on the Common Ccouncil, Knopp was instrumental in creating the Lake Neatahwanta Revitalization Project and served as council president for the year 2014.
His service to the city of Fulton did not end there as Knopp was a tireless advocate for improving his community by participating and leading various events and organizations as well as volunteering for organizations such as Fulton Youth Soccer, the Salvation Army, and the Fulton May Day Clean Up, as noted in his obituary.
The resolution of respect proclaimed, “That the Mayor and members of this Common Council share a deep sense of loss with the family of the late Daniel H. Knopp Jr. and do, with deepest regret, take official notice of the loss of this very special man.”
A noticeably emotional Common Council listened on as the resolution was read aloud at Tuesday’s (Sept 20) regular meeting.
Thomas Kenyon, first ward councilor, struggled through tears as he acknowledged that “(Dan) is going to be very missed.”
David Ritchie, who took over Knopp’s position as second ward councilor when he did not seek reelection, said he had displayed Knopp’s memorial card on his name tag and wishes to leave it there in remembrance.
Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said he had known Knopp since he was a teenager, having graduated with one of Woodward’s children.
“We may never know why things happen the way they do. Dan was a good man and for all the time he spent as common councilman, he always did something good for the city. We will miss him very much,” said Woodward.