Former Mayor Joseph P. Kuzminski passed away Thursday.
He was 94 years old.
Mayor Eddie Moran ordered all flags at City Hall to be flown at half-staff.
“The City of Reading today mourns the passing of Mayor Joe Kuzminski, who was not only a dedicated public servant but a fixture in the community who will be sorely missed by all who came in contact with him,” Moran said in a press release. “His legacy of public service will continue for quite some time as he built up decades of respect and admiration in every corner of Reading.”
Kuzminski was elected mayor in 1975 and served until 1980.
He was also a member of City Council from 1960 to 1976 under the previous commission form of government in which council members exercised legislative and executive powers. That form of government was replaced by the Home Rule Charter in 1996.
“The members of Reading City Council, past and present, mourn the loss of former Mayor Kuzminski, where he served as a member of the City Council for many years,” said City Council President Jeff Waltman in a press release. “Joe was highly involved in local government in many areas and always dedicated to the improvement of our community with his dignity, focus, and strong ethical fortitude. While we are deeply saddened by Joe’s passing, we are also grateful for his long life and his service to the city he dearly loved.”
Kuzminski was appointed to the Reading Area Water Authority in 2008 where he served for five years.
Kuzminski is survived by Cindy Castner, his daughter, who works for the city as Reading’s downtown coordinator and public properties manager.
Funeral arrangements are being finalized.
Source: Berkshire mont