City of Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius died Thursday evening at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, according to local officials and deputy city Clerk Mary Jo Smith.
“We hope that the citizens of Johnstown realize what a great man and mayor we have lost,” read a statement on the city’s website that Smith posted on behalf of city employees. “Along with all the city department heads, we will continue to operate as the mayor would want.”
Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said Julius, 66, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“We worked together on a couple projects, the wastewater treatment plant and economic development, working on bringing jobs to both cities,” said King on Saturday. “He was just really a classy guy and wanted the best for his city.”
The statement on Johnstown’s website said the council and city employees are deeply saddened by the news.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Catherine and daughter Vicki,” said the statement.
Julius, a retired pharmacist, was elected in November 2013. His term was set to expire at the end of 2017. King said Julius died too young.
“Sixty-six is young, and I think he had a lot more to give,” he said. “He’ll be missed and certainly we’re praying for his family.”
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