Murphy and Oliver Family Announce Official New Jersey State Funeral for The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver

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Three-Day Celebration of Life Will Take Place from Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12
The official New Jersey State Funeral and Memorial Service for Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Saturday, August 12, 2023. 
The New Jersey State Funeral and Memorial Service will follow two days when Lieutenant Governor Oliver will lie in state in both the Rotunda of the New Jersey State Capitol and the Essex County Historic Courthouse. The three-day “Celebration of Life” will pay tribute to Lieutenant Governor Oliver’s extraordinary life and legacy of public service. 
“As we come together in shared mourning over the loss of our family member and friend Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, we will remember the legacy she leaves behind as a changemaker and trailblazer,” said Governor Murphy. “Together, we will honor and celebrate her remarkable contributions to the state she loved, recognizing the profound impact she had on the millions of people who call New Jersey home.”  
“Sheila was not only a distinguished public servant, but also our cherished daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and hero,” said the Oliver Family. “She leaves behind a legacy of dedication, service, and inspiration. We will remember her commitment to the people of New Jersey and her tireless efforts to uplift the community. May her memory be a source of comfort and strength to all who knew her.”
 
Thursday, August 10, 2023 
Members of the public are invited to pay their respects to Lieutenant Governor Oliver in the New Jersey State House Rotunda where she will lie in state. Additional details will be provided over the next few days. 
Lieutenant Governor Oliver will be escorted and accompanied by a rotating Honor Guard from the New Jersey State Police.
 
Friday, August 11, 2023 
On the morning of Friday, August 11, Lieutenant Governor Oliver will be escorted to the Essex County Historic Courthouse by the Honor Guard of the New Jersey State Police.   
Members of the public are invited to pay their respects to Lieutenant Governor Oliver at the Essex County Historic Courthouse where she will lie in state. Additional details will be provided over the next few days. 
Lieutenant Governor Oliver will be accompanied by a rotating Honor Guard from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Saturday, August 12, 2023  
On the morning of Saturday, August 12, Lieutenant Governor Oliver will be accompanied to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart by the Honor Guard of the New Jersey State Police for a Memorial Service open to members of the public. Additional details will be provided over the next few days. 
Following the Memorial Service, the casket will be escorted by the Honor Guard of the New Jersey State Police to her final resting place where Lieutenant Governor Oliver will be interred in a private ceremony.
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7 responses to “Murphy and Oliver Family Announce Official New Jersey State Funeral for The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver”

  1. Shelia was my frien from Weequahic. We both had the same of friends. My heart hurts as I remember her kindness to me. I worked with her mom Jenny at Try City People Corp. For a few years. Her brother Chukie help me move one time and we worked together. My best friend Wendy Lane, and others friends from Weequahic know the same pain in this loss. I will ways love nd cherish the memories of c lass reunions and party’s we went to. She will always be in our hearts, we love you, Shelia Oliver. May God bless her family.

  2. May LT gov. Oliver rest in eternal peace ☮️ my deepest condolences. Passaic county employee.

  3. Words absolutely alone cannot describe my feelings of sadness and shock over the sudden passing of our beloved Lieutenant governor Sheila Oliver.

    If you or anyone had lived in New Jersey, for a long time, you know that Miss Oliver was a bright star in the political universe and social universe when it comes to the issues of justice and rights of all individuals particularly those in the LGBTQ community and people with special needs. I am very privileged to say that because of her efforts, I stand here today as an advocate, with special needs proud of her contributions. I am honored to say that she was everybody’s friend, including me. One of the first times that I got to see Miss Oliver do her magic was as speaker of the house, and her work as ace, assembly woman in the state legislation in Trenton, when she spoke, everybody paid attention and listened with such precision to understand what she wanted done for the state of New Jersey and for all citizens everywhere. I went down there once and watched the assembly in action for the full day, and it was at the height of the movement for the marriage equality, and for all citizens that I got to see Miss Oliver in person, I sat in the top row as a spectator, and as an advocate, for people with special needs, and one of the advocate advisers to garden state equality, and there was miss Oliver as speaker of the house as they took a break from their legislative duties, I called out to her and said hello Miss Oliver, she waved back at me, and it was an amazing moment. Her positive energy, and her wonderful smile was contagious in a positive way, the next time I got to see her was when she ran as governor Phil Murphy‘s running mate for the governor ship of New Jersey, and she came to Hackensack for a democratic breakfast as the lieutenant governor candidate, we finally got to see each other face-to-face. I talked with her for a brief time but her smile and everything and all the things that I’ve accomplished because of it remembered me and we had a picture together as you can see in the memory that I have. It is one of the most treasured pictures that I have of my life. I am bewildered and stunned, beyond any measure of words, that can be said enough of her life. She was in my faith of Buddhism, what we used to say: “a voice that did the Buddha‘s work“. Her leader ship during crisis, especially the pandemic of COVID-19, is a living testament and her efforts to save many lives as possible and make clear to those who thought COVID-19 was a myth that it was real and it was a threat to our society. I am thinking about not only her friends in the assembly and Senate today in New Jersey, but mostly her family, her friends, and most of all, our beloved state of New Jersey and particularly our courageous Governor Phil Murphy who now has a difficult road ahead, but we know through his life of enduring hardship after hardship and through his strength will make the correct decision of a successor for the lieutenant governorship, but lieutenant governor Sheila Oliver, is an original, a one of a kind treasure of our state, and she will never be forgotten from our hearts and our memory.
    Thank you, lieutenant governor Oliver, for your dedicated service and your service to our state and nation. Rest easy, Madame, the citizens have to watch from here and we will not let you down. #RipLtGoverSheilaOliver

  4. Our Beloved Honorable Governor ❤️ Sheila Y Oliver was a woman who sacrificed her life in serving people
    with intelligence integrity dignity inspiration and encouragement. Her love for 🎖 Civil Rights Justice and equilty for humanity and mankind were genuine. Honorable ❤️ Lt Governor Sheila Y. Oliver ‘s rich lagecy is a blueprint for us to integrate as we serve to protect our children adults and families in our community state natio and global society. JKH

  5. As a retired educator from East Orange, we are well acquainted with the love and commitment she had for this state. My heart ached to her of her passing. Though her physical presence will be missed; her legacy of service to all will long be with us. Rest in Peace and Power my dear sister. We’ll done!

  6. Deepest sympathies to the family, her community, county and state for whom she gave so much for all. I look forward to learning about a lasting memorial in her honor to which we can contribute.

  7. My deepest sympathy to my cousin Bell and entire Murphy and Oliver Family. May God give you peace.

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