Former Pittston Mayor Thomas A. Walsh died Monday at Regional Hospital of Scranton.
He served as mayor for more than four terms and was defeated by Michael Lombardo in a heated Democratic primary in 1998.
Lombardo remembered Walsh putting Pittston City first.
"He cared about the city before he was mayor," Lombardo said. "He cared about the city while he was mayor. He cared about the city after he was mayor."
Lombardo credited Walsh with getting the ball rolling on downtown revitalization and noted the Tomato Festival was first held under the Walsh Administration.
"In a time when local politics are so combinative, we should all aspire to be a little more like Tom Walsh," Lombardo said.
The funeral will be held Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 8:45 a.m. from Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston.
Interment will be in the parish cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.