PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Flags were being flown at half-staff in Port Chester this week in honor of longtime trustee Saverio “Sam” Terenzi, who died Tuesday.
According to the village, Terenzi died at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut after a brief illness.
He was first elected to the Port Chester Board of Trustees in 1988 and served two terms as village trustee until 1994.
Terenzi was then twice re-elected as village trustee in 2010 and in 2013 and has been a seated trustee since, the village said.
During his most recent tenure, Terenzi served as deputy mayor and has been chairman of the village’s Finance Committee.
He had served as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, chairman of the Planning Commission, and on the village’s Recreation Commission. Terenzi also held several appointed public positions for the Town of Rye dating back to 1989 when he served as town budget officer.
He was then appointed as town comptroller in 1990, and has served on and off in different positions for the town since then.
Most recently, Terenzi had been providing professional accounting services to the Town of Rye and also held appointed positions in the City of Yonkers.
Terenzi had also served as vice chairman of the Westchester County Conservative Party, and as chairman of the Rye Town Conservative Party. A licensed CPA, he had a private accounting practice in Port Chester.
He had touched the lives of many children in Port Chester, the village said, while serving as a coach with the Port Chester recreation and for the Midget and Babe Ruth baseball leagues in the summer.
“Sam loved Port Chester deeply and certainly added tremendous value on the Board of Trustees, said Mayor Dennis Pilla. “ Today is a very sad day in Port Chester. We lost a good friend – and a very good man.”
Rye Town Deputy Supervisor William Villanova remarked: “Sam’s life was dedicated to Port Chester. He was an athlete and volunteered countless hours coaching baseball and youth sports."
Terenzi was predeceased by his wife, Tillie.
He is survived by two children, Samantha (Dante) Mercadante and Jake Terenzi, and by three step-children, Maria, Patrick and Joseph Bellantoni.
Information about funeral services is still pending.
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