BUSH, La. (AP) - A southeast Louisiana councilman in his third term representing parts of St. Tammany Parish died Thursday at his home after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements for Parish Councilman Richard Tanner, who was 78, are pending, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Tanner worked for 37 years in the St. Tammany Parish school system before retiring in 2002. He was elected last fall to serve a third term for the parish’s 6th District.
Former St. Tammany Parish Schools Superintendent Trey Folse said he visited Tanner last week at his home in Bush, and they shared memories of their time together in the school system.
“It was special for me to see him one more time,” Folse told the newspaper. “So many of us at Central Office looked up to him. Even when he retired, he wasn’t like most people who really retired. Instead, he was elected to the Parish Council so he could give back to people. He lived a life of service, whether it was to his students, to fellow teachers and administrators or to the parish as a whole when he was a councilman.”
In a statement, Tanner’s family said he “was devoted and passionate about what he believed in and truly enjoyed serving the people of St. Tammany Parish.”
Parish President Mike Cooper described him as a tireless advocate for citizens who will be sorely missed.
Parish Councilman Steve Stefancik described his friend as someone who was candid.
“He was a man of his word. … He did everything he could, and if he couldn’t do something, he would tell you up front. I appreciated that,” he said.
Tanner is survived by his wife, Cheryl Tanner; daughters Mary Ann Galloway and Jennifer Conley; and five grandchildren.
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