SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Mourners gathered at a South End church Wednesday morning to remember a man who led the city of Springfield for more than half a decade.
Former Mayor Theodore Dimauro died last week at the age of 80.
A lifelong Springfield resident and a practicing lawyer for more than 50 years, Dimauro was mayor from 1978 through 1984, and had also served on the Springfield City Council and the Massachusetts Governor’s Council.
Springfield political consultant Tony Cignoli, a friend to Demauro, credited him with helping change the look of Springfield during his years in office.
"This is the end of an era, of a time in Springfield that was transformative and Ted Dimauro was our transformer. The skyline that we see in the city of Springfield, Ted Dimauro created most of that and he touched every single neighborhood in the city," Cignoli said.
Current Mayor Domenic Sarno and numerous past and present city officials joined friends and relatives gathered at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on William Street to pay their final respects.
The former mayor was entombed at St. Michael the Archangel Mausoleum at St. Michael’s Cemetery.