The thoughts and prayers of Mayor Christian Provenzano, members of City Council, and Sault Ste. Marie residents are with the family and friends of former Councillor Frank Manzo, who passed away Sunday from natural causes. Mr. Manzo was Sault Ste. Marie’s longest-serving Councillor, serving 38 years in all.
“I’m saddened to hear of Frank Manzo’s passing,” says Mayor Christian Provenzano. “Although we didn’t have the opportunity to serve together, I did get the chance to know Frank on a personal level. Frank would call the Mayor’s Office from time-to-time and we would chat about current events. Although he encountered some health difficulties in his later years, Frank’s mind was still sharp and he was still passionate about the City and engaged with the issues of the day. I always appreciated our conversations and his very experienced advice.”
Mr. Manzo was first elected as a Councillor for Ward Six in 1969. He served continuously in that role until 1994. After an unsuccessful run for Mayor in 1997, he returned to Council to represent Ward Six after winning a by-election in 2001. He was re-elected in the general municipal elections of 2003, 2006, and 2010, but declined to run again in 2014. He concluded his final Council term in 2014 at the age of 87.
In his 38 years on Council, Mr. Manzo was known for being a vocal advocate for his constituents. He worked diligently to address complaints and requests for service from residents. He was also known for holding strong opinions and at times being outspoken.
City Clerk Malcolm White says, “Frank Manzo took his role as a representative very seriously. He was also a big personality and he brought a lot of passion to each of the Councils that he served on. I always appreciated Frank’s willingness to share his knowledge with me and the tremendous concern he had for the needs of his constituents.”
Flags will be flown at half-mast at all City facilities until the day of the funeral service, as a gesture of respect to Frank Manzo and his contributions to civic life.