In Memoriam: Mayor Thomas J. Weisner

It was with sadness and mourning that we learned last week of former Mayor Thomas J. Weisner’s passing. The 57thmayor of Aurora, Weisner succumbed after a long-fought battle with cancer. His wife of 46 years, Marilyn, and his family were at his side.

Born and raised in Batavia, he attended Marmion Academy. It was at this time that he had stated he began to appreciate the many opportunities Aurora offered. He eventually chose Aurora as his home.

He and Marilyn served a number of years in the Solomon Islands with the Peace Corps.

After serving various roles in the City of Aurora, he began his first of three terms as mayor in 2005.

“I met Mayor Weisner when I began at the Chamber in July 2005,” explains Joseph B. Henning, IOM, CAE, and president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It was an honor to have worked with him and his team throughout the years on such beneficial projects for the city.”

“From Pathways to Prosperity to business recruitment and retention,” Henning continues, “Mayor Weisner was committed to making Aurora better and better. His ability to work with state and national leaders as well as local business and community representatives was a great example of collaborative work.”

“It is without a doubt,” Henning states, “Mayor Weisner left his mark on the community. History will forever appreciate his foresight while enjoying RiverEdge Park and other community amenities as well as his intense focus on infrastructure and public safety.”

“On behalf of the Aurora Chamber Board of Directors, members, and staff, our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to Marilyn and his family,” Henning concludes.

In addition to Marilyn, Mayor Weisner is survived by their son Tony (Allison) and granddaughters Olivia and Zoe. He was preceded in death by his son Thaddeus, who died from complications of cerebral palsy in 2006.

A public wake will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, and again on Friday, Jan. 11, at New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora.

A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. A private burial will take place at Marywood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weisner Foundation or the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 2602, Aurora, IL 60507-2602.


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