Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Noach Dear was niftar on Sunday morning.
The 66-year-old jurist, who was a member of the New York City Council from 1983 to 2001, was a victim of the coronavirus, his son-in-law Aaron Hirtz told the New York Post.
Dear was elected as the Brooklyn Supreme Court in 2015 after working in the civil court system for 20 years.
Former Brooklyn state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who served in the same Borough Park neighborhood when Dear was a councilman and judge, said Dear will be “sorely missed.”
“Noach was a champion, a friend and fighter for his people and all of his constituents,” Hikind said. “He especially cared for the voiceless and powerless, and dedicated his every single day to making the world a better place.”
“Judge Dear had a certain energetic, colorful persona that epitomized the great diversity not only with respect to the Kings County Judiciary but also as a member of our Bar Association and Brooklyn Community at large,” said Brooklyn Bar Association President Frank Carone. “He will be sorely missed.”