Jake Kreshtool passed on April 11th at the age of 98. I just found about this via a call from a relative. Jake was my mentor in environmental activism and other aspects of life. So much to be said about him… labor lawyer, civil liberties activist, naval officer (WW2 vet), longtime head of Delaware Citizens for Clean Air, Democratic candidate for Governor of Delaware, filed the first-ever citizens suit under the Clean Air Act…..
Jake was the dean of Delaware environmentalists and probably the last standing member of the group, the generation, that lead the fight for the Delaware Coastal Zone Act. He was a longtime supporter of Green Delaware, member of our Steering Committee, generator of creative ideas for getting the message across…..
Jake once ended a speech at the Delaware Nature Society–not my favorite organization–with this, said loudly: “NEVER BE REASONABLE.” He knew what he was talking about.
The last time I talked to Jake, a few months ago, he’d bought a bicycle and was considering buying a car.
I’ll write more about Jake when I can get my thoughts and emotions together.
“services will be 12:30 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017 in the Chapel at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Shiva will be observed approximately 2:30 pm, Friday, April 21 at Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Synagogue, 4412 Washington Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802.”
Below is the obit published in the Wilmington News Journal this morning, April 20, 2017: Continue reading