A wake for former Port Chester Mayor Peter Iasillo is scheduled for late Friday, with funeral services set for Saturday morning in Corpus Christi Church.
Iasillo died after a week-long hospital stay. He was 82 years old.
Although Iasillo had his battles and held office for 23 years in Port Chester's famously heated political arena, both allies and political opponents shared fond memories of the former mayor Wednesday after hearing news of his death. By late Wednesday, friends and acquaintances had left hundreds of condolence messages online, identifying the former mayor as a figure "."
Trustee Luis Marino was new to village politics when he became the first Hispanic trustee elected to the board in 2010. Iasillo was an honorary member of the Port Chester Fire Department, where Marino is a longtime volunteer, and Marino said he reached out to the former mayor for advice and political wisdom after the historic cumulative vote in 2010.
Iasillo often introduced himself as "Mayor Pete," and was a regular on the opinion pages of the Westmore News. Bea Conetta, who has been a familiar face in village politics for decades, wrote: "We had differences in opinion politically, but we respected each other's beliefs."
"He remained active in the politics of Port Chester until the very end," Conetta wrote in a message on Port Chester Patch. "He loved his village very much, and he showed it in every way."
That was clear to anyone who read Iasillo's 2009 book, "Was It Worth It: Recollections of a Village Mayor." The former mayor lived in the same home in Port Chester for almost five decades, and wrote that there's no place he'd rather be.
The wake is scheduled to run from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at , 40 Leicester St. Funeral services are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. at , 126 S. Regent St.
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