Remembering Pennington’s Mayor Tony Persichilli (Photos)

Remembering Pennington’s Mayor Tony Persichilli (Photos)

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Mayor Persichilli in 2017 at Busy Town in Pennington (photo: Michael Chipowsky)

Pennington’s longest serving mayor, Anthony (Tony) J. Persichilli, 76, died on July 24. He will be greatly missed and will be remembered by his family, friends, neighbors, and community. 

Hopewell Borough Mayor Paul Anzano shared, “I knew Tony for many years prior to him becoming mayor. He was always the same person –sincere, wanting to help people, liked practical jokes and was always a friend. I will miss my friend.”

“Tony was a tireless advocate for Pennington, and the entire Hopewell Valley benefitted from his vision of a strong Valley,” said Hopewell Township Mayor Kristin McLaughlin. “What I will miss most of all though, is his warm smile and infectious laugh. His generous spirit brought people together. He dedicated himself to making his community better and I am very grateful for his service.”

“Anthony was a true gentleman who gave back to his community in so many ways,” wrote East Windsor’s Mayor Janice S. Mironov. “Anthony served as Mayor of Pennington for more than a decade until retiring last December. [He was the] longest serving mayor of Pennington, the face of Pennington, and truly a nice person. His passing is a tremendous loss to our Democratic family.”

“As the ‘longest serving mayor in the history of Pennington’ Tony was a great friend to the people of the Borough and to the Pennington Business & Professionals Association,” shared the organization. “The PB&PA Board joins with all of our members to express our sympathies to Tony’s wife, Judy, his family and his friends.”

“It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Anthony Persichilli, Pennington’s longest serving mayor,” said Pennington Borough Administrator Eileen Heinzel. “From when he was first elected to council in 2004 until he resigned as mayor in December, 2018, Mayor Persichilli was a great friend and colleague to the Borough employees, elected officials and volunteers he worked with. He approached every problem with the single focus of making the Pennington community a little better.  We are all richer for having had the pleasure of working with Tony and calling him our friend.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Judy, and his countless family and friends.”

Please see his obituary here.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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