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Former Berkeley School Principal Dies In Point Boro Car Accident

William Scott Steiner Jr. perished in Sunday night crash

 

William Scott Steiner Jr., 75, is said Borough Police Chief Larry Williams.

Steiner was a former longtime principal in the Berkeley Township school district and worked at both the Bayville and Clara B. Worth elementary schools, according to his obituary.

Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said news of Steiner's death was "very sad."

"Scott Steiner - as he was known by friends and staff - was principal of Bayville School when I was on the Berkeley Township Board of Education until his retirement," Amato said. "He was a well respected administrator in our district. He will be sorely missed. On behalf of our community, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Steiner family."

Steiner's car struck a a traffic light and utility pole at the corner of Bridge and Bay avenues at about 9:35 p.m. Sunday, Williams had said.

No other car was involved in the accident, he said.

Steiner was pronounced dead at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, where he was transported by the Point Boro First Aid Squad, Williams said.

"The victim, who was alone at the time of the accident, struck the control box for the traffic light as well as a utility pole," Williams said.

The accident is being investigated by Police Officer Brad McNally and Detective Michelle Hill.

According to an obituary on legacy.com, Steiner had a long, distinguished career in education, including teaching in Rahway and Lakewood before becoming an administrator in the Berkeley Township school district.

The obit states: "He obtained his first teaching job at Rahway Junior High school, dedicating his time not only to his students but also to his co-workers. He served as the President of the Rahway Education Association and was recognized for Educational Leadership by the Union County Educational Association, the first hint of his talent in leadership.

"While teaching, he attended Seton Hall University to become a certified administrator. Scott earned his first administrative position after five years of teaching in the Lakewood School district at Clifton Ave Middle School and Spruce Street School.

"Scott then became a principal in the Berkeley Township School system, where he worked from 1973 until his retirement in 1996. He shared his sense of humor, musical talents, and dedication to learning with his students, parents, and staff in Clara B. Worth and Bayville Schools, garnering the love and respect of all.

"After a rewarding 33 year career in education, Scott spent his final 16 years enjoying boating, swimming, and traveling to his favorite 'home away from home' Sanibel Island, Florida. The most important aspect of Scott's life was his family."

Berkeley Patch editor Patricia A. Miller contributed to this article.

Peggy Crawford July 18, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Who can ever forget the pure joy he ignited on those last 10 days of school. His enthusiastic and masterful piano playing were legendary. My thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be remembered with fondness and quite a few chuckles from all who knew him. He will be missed....
Stacey July 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
RIP Mr. Steiner... you were an awesome principal... and made school extra fun :-) the end of year count down, piano playing, high fives in the hallway... :-) you will be missed.. my thoughts and prayers with your family and friends... ♥♥♥
James F. Fosbre IV July 19, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Rest in peace Mr. Steiner. Truly a great man and his life made a better place for all of the children he was so dedicated to. This Friday I will give it a cheer for Mr. Steiner!!!
maryann July 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I remember him making CBW a fun place to learn. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends. RIP Mr. Steiner!
FormerCBWStudent July 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
RIP Mr. Steiner. My thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family. You will be greatly missed, Mr. Steiner.

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