CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A longtime Camden County official who also was the widow of former world heavyweight boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott has died.
Riletta Cream, who also was a noted educator, died Monday at a hospital after suffering a heart attack, county Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said. She was 91.
Cream was a Camden native who taught in the city’s school system for several years and eventually became principal of Camden High School.
After spending about 40 years in education, the Democrat served on the Camden County Board of Freeholders for 15 years before retiring in 2011.
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Her husband won the heavyweight crown in 1951 at age 37, which at the time made him the oldest fighter to win that title. Walcott, whose real name was Arnold Cream, died in 1994.