Former Secaucus Councilwoman Susan Pirro passed away on Sunday, prompting an outpouring of sorrow from town residents.
Pirro, 62, stepped down from her seat on the Town Council in December as she continued to battle cancer. She was originally diagnosed in November of 2016 and returned to the Council in 2017, but was forced to take a leave of absence in October after the cancer had returned.
The Harmon Cove resident was first elected to the Town Council in 2011 and had previously been president of the Board of Education and PTA president. She played a key role in the town’s recreation programs and volunteered for the Secaucus Citizens Animal Care Committee and Secaucus Municipal Youth Alliance.
Pirro is survived by three daughters. Visitation hours will be held at Mack Memorial Home on Thursday, March 22 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The town issued the following statement about Pirro’s death on Monday morning:
It is with great sadness that Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli learned of the passing of former Councilwoman Susan Pirro yesterday. Susan succumbed to a hard fought battle with cancer. “It was Susan’s nature to fight hard no matter what the cause, and she approached her battle with cancer the same way,” stated Mayor Gonnelli.
Susan Pirro was elected Councilwoman in 2011, running under Mayor Gonnelli’s “Take Back Secaucus” committee. She remained a Councilwoman until December 31, 2017, when she resigned so she could concentrate all of her efforts on her health. Susan was the Council liaison to the Town’s OEM and Secaucus Animal Shelter. She spent a great deal of time volunteering at the Shelter and had a great love for animals. Susan also served as member of the Board of Education for six (6) years, and volunteered her time to many organizations.
Mayor Gonnelli stated “Susan was a staunch advocate for the people of Secaucus and put all of her effort into everything she did. She was a dedicated Councilwoman, loving mother to her children, Christie, Lauren and Cheryl, and a dear friend. Susan’s passing is a great loss for the Town, however, her influence in bringing about change to Secaucus will be felt for many years to come. She was a truly special person.”