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Sunday, January 25, 2015

RIP, Bethlehem City Controller Dave DiGiacinto

Bethlehem City Controller Dave DiGiacinto died unexpectedly this morning, according to The Morning Call. He had been a member of City Council since 2009, but the job he really wanted was Controller. He lost his first try for that office, but finally won the job in the 2013 elections.

As a Council member, Dave was often a thorn in the side of the John Callahan administration, but his constructive criticism probably made Callahan a better mayor.

He made the Christmas City a better place.

He was a person who could be relied upon to tell you what is going on. His friends will miss him very much. The City of Bethlehem will miss him even more. Here's what some are saying.

Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez: "Today the City of Bethlehem lost a true gentleman in the unexpected passing of City Controller Dave DiGiacinto. Dave was a friend who served the city with distinction and integrity. He will be remembered for his love of Bethlehem but his love for his family was truly amazing. Our sympathies go out to his mother Mrs. DiGiacinto, Kelly, and Luke. Bethlehem is a better place because of Dave DiGiacinto."

Beth. DCED Director Alicia Karner: "Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves." quoting W.H. Auden

Bethlehem activist Lucy Lennon: "A gentleman and a good friend. The city of Bethlehem lost someone special today."

I know Dave spent part of the day on Saturday, shoveling his driveway. Folks, if you lack servants like me, and have to shovel snow yourself, please be careful. Take plenty of breaks. Do not overdo it.


Anonymous said...

Godspeed, my friend. You made Bethlehem a better place for all of us.

zoid said...

DiGi was a special one of a kind guy.