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Former longtime fixture on Peoria City Council dies at 84

PHOENIX – A former longtime fixture on the Peoria City Council has died at age 84.

Carlo “Rocky” Leone, who retired earlier this year because of unspecified health issues, died Wednesday morning, the city said in a press release.

“I am saddened to hear of Carlo’s passing,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said in the release. “He spent many years representing the citizens of Peoria’s Pine District and I am grateful for his dedicated service.

“It is a blessing that he was able to spend his final months surrounded by those he loved most. My prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Leone, a retired union manager, was first elected in May 1999 and was voted in for a sixth term in 2018. He stepped down after 20 years on April 16, his birthday.

The release said he had an outspoken nature and often visited with constituents at their homes or neighborhood events.

“Carlo was a passionate public servant who cared deeply about the residents of Peoria,” City Manager Jeff Tyne said in the release.

“He was committed to helping make Peoria a wonderful place to live. He will be greatly missed.”

Leone lived in Peoria for more than 30 years. He is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

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