A GREAT MAN WHO DID A GREAT JOB Local State Officials Remember

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Condolences from local and state officials are beginning to pour in after the death of Wilmington’s longtime State Representative Jim Miceli on Saturday morning.Local Officials React“The fact that Representative Miceli passed away while attending opening ceremonies for Little League speaks to his commitment to public service and his support for Wilmington youth,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “I may not have always agree with his positions over the years but I cannot question his dedication to serve others. My sincere condolences to his entire family.”“Regardless of your politics, it could not be denied that Rep. Miceli loved serving his district and the people of the Commonwealth,” said Board of Selectmen Chair Mike Champoux. “We have lost a tremendous advocate and friend. God bless you sir. Rest easy.”“This whole thing is so surreal. I can’t believe he is really gone. It is always painful when you lose a family member,” said Selectman Mike McCoy, a nephew of Miceli. “My uncle was deeply devoted to his family and they always came first. [He] dedicated the vast majority of his life to public service and his presence will be sadly missed. I cannot believe he’s gone.”“I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Representative Jim Miceli. This is obviously a very sad day for Wilmington as we mourn the loss of a man who has dedicated his entire life to serving our community,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “My family and I extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Miceli’s family.”“The Wilmington Public Schools is very saddened by this news,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Paul Ruggiero. “Representative Miceli was always a proponent of our schools and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”“My first memory of Jim Miceli was when he hosted the field trip of my fifth grade class to the State House. He has done so for every subsequent class for more than 40 years,” recalled School Committee Chair Steve Bjork. “I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones. He was a staunch proponent of education and of state funding for the schools.”“On behalf of myself and the whole WIlmington Democratic Town Committee, we are so sad to hear the news,” said Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson. “Representative Miceli worked tirelessly advocating for both Wilmington and Tewksbury. We always looked forward to hearing the Beacon Hill updates he would give at our monthly meetings. Our thoughts are with his family and staff during this difficult time.”“I am truly saddened to hear about the passing of State Representative James ‘Jim’ Miceli,” said Republican Town Committee Chair John Goggins. “Jim’s service to his constituents was the gold standard in the Massachusetts State House. No constituent problem was too big or too small for Jim to champion… I believe that I speak for the entire Wilmington Republican Town Committee in wishing God’s blessing over Jim, his wife Jean, and the entire Miceli family.”“I am sad to learn about the passing of a friend and colleague in Wilmington State Rep. James Miceli,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. “He was a passionate advocate for his district and he will be missed.”“Today, the Commonwealth lost a dedicated, committed public servant in Representative Jim Miceli. He was a dear friend to me, and I give my sincere condolences to his family and those he served so passionately in the Legislature for decades,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. State Officials React“I have known Jim Miceli for about 30 years,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We did not always agree – but he was always a gentleman, and a hugely aggressive advocate for his district and his beliefs. Rest In Peace.”“I’m very sorry to hear of Rep.Miceli’s passing,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “He will be remembered as a dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for the people in his district. I enjoyed serving with him and will always be grateful for his kindness to me and to others.”“For more than 40 years, Representative Jim Miceli dedicated his life to public service as an advocate for the people of his district,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “My heart goes out to his family and the people of Wilmington on this sad day.”“My thoughts are with the family of Rep. Jim Miceli,” said State Auditor Suzanne Bump. “During my 8 years in the House with him, I could not help but marvel at what he could accomplish on behalf of his constituents. No one pressed harder or achieved as much. His is a legacy of hard work and caring.”“Representative Miceli was a tireless advocate for his district & loved the communities which he served so ably. He will be greatly missed in Wilmington, Tewksbury and, as the 2nd longest serving member, in the House,” said Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo. “My condolences to his wife Jean, his children, and grandchildren.”“Rep. Miceli was a gentleman, a fierce advocate for his constituents, and a tireless public servant who gave everything he had for the betterment of Massachusetts and his communities. His presence and voice will be missed,” said Senate President Harriette Chandler.“Rep. Jim Miceli never stopped thinking about people in Wilmington and Tewksbury, and he never stopped fighting for their interests,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who represents Wilmington. “He leaves a long and strong legacy of public service. I am deeply saddened for this loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.”“My prayers go out to the family of Rep. Jim Miceli, who passed away this morning while attending a little league opening,” said State Rep. Ken Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington and worked closely with Miceli. “He was devoted to making the lives of the people of Wilmington and Tewksbury better. It was an honor to serve with him.”50+ Years Of Dedicated Service To Wilmington & TewksburyState Rep. Jim Miceli has been an institution in Wilmington for more than five decades. He began his public service career on the Wilmington Planning Board (1963-1966) and the Wilmington Board of Selectmen (1966-1977), prior to being elected to the House of Representatives (1977-present), where he served for 41 consecutive years. Miceli recently announced his intentions to run for a 22nd term in the fall.On Beacon Hill, Miceli had been serving as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. At the time of his passing, he was also a member of the: Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development; Joint Committee on Ways and Means; House Committee on Personnel and Administration; and the House Committee on Ways and Means.In the community, over the years, Miceli served as co-chair of the Middlesex County Advisory Board, Chair of the Massachusetts Federation of Planning Boards (Region 5A), and was a member of the Elks, Friends of the Harnden Tavern, Friends of Tewksbury Hospital Board of Directors, Lions, Sons of Italy, and the MBTA Advisory Board.Born in Dorchester, Miceli graduated from Boston English High and Northeastern University. He owned and operated a successful insurance agency for more than 30 years.Miceli leaves behind an amazing family — his wife Jean; their three children Hope, James and Christina; and their six grandchildren.If YOU have memories you’d like to share of Rep. Miceli, please email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com for a future tribute article consisting of condolences and stories from his constituents.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMAN OF THE HOUSE: A Tribute To State Rep. Jim MiceliIn “Government”Wilmington Little League Renames Championship Trophy To Honor Late State Rep. Jim MiceliIn “Sports”State Rep. Candidate Pina Prinzivalli – Miceli’s Republican Challenger — Suspends Campaigning, Offers CondolencesIn “Government”last_img

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