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"Just imagine what traffic would be like on Park Place," Lopata said.
Besides his family, his other love was Newark, a feeling that persisted even after health reasons forced he and Anne to move to the Methodist Country House in Wilmington 13 years ago.
to see the work we were doing," Emerson recalled.
One of Redd's passions as mayor, colleagues say, was bettering Newark's parks.
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Another one of Redd's legacies is Christina Parkway, for which he lobbied for years, Lopata said. The road, built in the 1980s, connects South College Avenue and Elkton Road and allows motorists to avoid the heart of the city.
"He was a good, honest person," Mayor Vance A. Funk III recalled. "You might not always agree with what he was doing, but you always trusted he was doing it in the city's best interest."
"He certainly understood the importance of preserving open space," said Charlie Emerson, director of parks and recreation.
in the Navy during World War II and earned an engineering degree and MBA from the University of Maryland. He then took a job at DuPont in 1951 and moved to Delaware, where he and his wife, Anne, started a family.
"His family was everything to him," Lewis said of her father. "He really lived for us."
Though Redd spent 19 years in public service, he never had higher political aspirations.
"His attitude was, 'You elected me as your representative, and I'm going to use my best judgment,'" Lopata said.
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"He was a classic citizen politician, volunteering his time for the community," Lopata said. "No ambition other than to be mayor."
In 1996, the city's largest park, located on Paper Mill Road was named for Redd. In 2009, the former mayor attended a barbecue celebrating the construction of new trails in the park.
A stickler for decorum and Robert's Rules of Order, Redd was known for running a "tough meeting," said his daughter, Nancy Lewis, who noted that he once ran a council meeting with such gusto that he broke the gavel.
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