Sheryl Mott, known for her community service in Freehold, has died

FREEHOLD – Sheryl Mott, who for decades was associated with Freehold Borough’s recreation program, has died.

Mott, 63, died at home on May 24, four days shy of turning 64.

Mott grew up on Institute Street, attended public schools in Freehold Borough and graduated from Freehold High School in 1977, according to an obituary posted online by the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold Borough.

From the age of 14, Mott worked as a camp counselor for the Freehold Borough recreation program, before rising to the position of chief counselor for the summer program.

She attended Brookdale Community College and won a scholarship to attend the University of San Diego. She also attended Ramapo College and Kean University.

In 2002 Mott received the John G. McGackin Renaissance Award in recognition of his contributions to Freehold Borough.

During her professional career, Mott was recognized by the Superior Court of Monmouth County for her service with the Volunteers in Probation program. She retired as a court attendant.

Mott was a member and past president of the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission; she worked with the human relations committee and the Hispanic Junior Optimist Club; and she has volunteered with the Olde Freehold Day Committee and the Spooktacular Committee.

On May 6, several weeks before her passing, Mott was honored by Mayor Kevin Kane and borough council members with a resolution in her honor.

In the comments provided to the news transcript, Kane said, “Sheryl was a lifelong friend and a passionate advocate for all things Freehold Borough. She bled Boro Blue and Gold.

“Councillor Sharon Shutzer, Councilor Annette Jordan and I were fortunate to
visited Sheryl at her home in early May and presented her with a resolution from the Mayor and Borough Council recognizing all of her accomplishments and contributions to the Borough over the years.

“Sheryl has been involved in everything from youth activities to seniors events and was chair of the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission for many years. If anyone needed help, Sheryl was the first person in line to volunteer.

“Sheryl also insisted that she didn’t want any type of recognition for her service, which made it very special that we were able to personally present the resolution to her before her passing.

“Sheryl was a good friend to many, was a tireless worker on countless committees, and will be truly missed by the entire Freehold community,” Kane said.

Mott was predeceased by her parents, William H. and Anne Brown Mott.

She is survived by her brothers, Duane Mott and his wife Vennis, and Glen Mott; his sisters, Cynthia Mott, Karen Mott Baldwin and her husband Marion, Michelle Key, and her twin and caregiver Sharon Mott; his nephews and a niece; a great-nephew and great-nieces; several cousins; and a goddaughter.

Mott’s great-niece, Tiffany Foy, predeceased her.

According to his obituary, flowers or a memorial donation may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation.

Jill E. Washington