Baltimore, MD (WBAL) — Family, friends and a city in mourning paid tribute to former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III.
D’Alesandro died Sunday at the age of 90.
As D’Alesandro’s best friend put it, thousands of people loved him, but he loved this city.
A private family viewing was held Tuesday morning at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore before the church opened to the public. D’Alesandro’s sister, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, greeted those who visited, calling her brother, “our patriarch.”
“He was the most lovable person you ever wanted to meet, and perhaps one of the funniest. His laugh could go from here to heaven. I mean, he was just a unique person and also one of the best mayors this town has ever had,” former Baltimore County Executive Ted Venetoulis said.
D’Alesandro served as Baltimore City Council president and then as mayor from 1967 to 1971.
“He was a wonderful leader for our city, especially a leader in areas such as racial justice, open housing and in making our city a welcoming place for everybody,” Baltimore Archbishop William Lori said.
“(He) just had wonderful stories and (he was) just a wonderful, wonderful man,” said David Marshall, a mourner. “(He was) just a treasure to the city of Baltimore.”
The viewing continues until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
D’Alesandro’s funeral is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Calvert Street. Pelosi and D’Alesandro’s son will deliver eulogies.
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