John S. DaVanzo, a World War II veteran who survived the Normandy invasion, died on March 21.
Known as "Mr. Mineola," the former Town of North Hempstead clerk and councilman, and former Mineola deputy mayor and trustee was 92.
Read more about his life and years of public service here.
Many local leaders paid tribute to him."We depended on him for so much and he gave so much," Sen. Jack Martins, R-Mineola, wrote on his Facebook page. "It's going to be very difficult time. John led by example. He's the guy who always wanted the ball. My prayers are with his family."
DeVanzo was the husband for more than 50 years of the late Pauline nee Leach, according to Legacy.com. He was the father of John P. Sr. (Marjorie), Richard W. (Frances), Judith E., Mary E. and Theresa A. DaVanzo. He was the grandfather and great-grandfather to Sarah, John P. Jr. (Tiffany), Matthew (Dianna), Christine (Jeremy), Brianna, Gavin, Keegan, Peyton, Jane and Liv-Mary. Dear brother of William D'Avanzo, and brother-in-law of Frank Leach.The funeral mass was Tuesday at Corpus Christi Church. He is buried at Holy Rood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions to Corpus Christi Church, 155 Garfield Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501 or a charity of your choice.