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Port Chester Mourns Death of Former Mayor Iasillo

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Former Port Chester Mayor Peter Iasillo passed away at the age of 83 early Wednesday morning, according to his son Peter Iasillo Jr.

Iasillo Jr. announced on his Facebook page that his father had died of complications from a heart condition, at Sound Shore Medical Center.

The younger Iasillo has since received an outpouring of support from the digital Port Chester community. By 3 p.m. Wednesday, Facebook users had left more than 100 comments on his original post offering condolences and appreciation for his father.

"My sincere condolences to you and your family," wrote former high school teacher Camille Linen, who runs the Port Chester Council for the Arts. "Pete was an extraordinary person who inspired many and dearly loved the community he served so selflessly. Thank you Mayor Iasillo, from the Byram River Arts Festival and the Port Chester Arts Council."

Port Chester resident Jim Dreves wrote about what a loss Iasillo is to the community.

"Losing Peter is a HUGE loss," Dreves posted in a comment. "He brought so much to the table at every level. How can we ever forget his political savvy, his humor, his generosity, and his huge love of Port Chester. He was and always be 'THE Mayor of Port Chester' May he rest in peace-----he earned it!!!!"

Current Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla announced that the flags will be at half-staff today to honor Iasillo.

"Mayor Pete loved Port Chester dearly," Pilla said. "He will always be remembered for his many contributions on the Board of Trustees and with the Chamber of Commerce. He was always pro-Port Chester, and was a friend and mentor to all."

Port Chester Trustee Joseph Kenner also expressed his condolences at the loss of "Mayor Pete."

"Mayor Pete (as I always referred to him) was and will continue to be a testament to what it means to be a dedicated and passionate civic leader in Port Chester," Kenner said. "Whether you agreed with him or not, one can never say that Mayor Peter did not love Port Chester and village politics. My prayers go out to Mayor Pete's family at this time."

A wake will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Craft Memorial Funeral Home on Leicester Street in Port Chester, and a funeral will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 136 South Regent St. at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

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