STAMFORD, CT — On Wednesday, city officials confirmed the first Stamford resident to die as a result of the new coronavirus was a former member of the city's Board of Representatives. Anthony "Tony" Spadaccini, a former representative for the city's 14th district, died early on the morning of March 25 due to complications related to the virus, also referred to as COVID-19, officials said.
On Thursday, Mayor David Martin expressed his sorrow over Spadaccini's death, referring to the former board member as an "irreplaceable member" of the Stamford community.
"It is with great sadness I share with Stamford the first death of one of our own," Martin said in a prepared statement. "In Tony Spadaccini, Stamford has lost a father, a husband, a civil servant and an irreplaceable member of our community. Many may know Tony for his service to our city as a member of the Board of Representatives, where he made a memorable contribution in the short time he was on the board. More than any one accomplishment, Tony was a person who made Stamford better. He was a supporter at Stamford High football games, a loving father to his two sons, and an individual who invested his time to make our community better. My condolences to his family and everyone affected by his death."
Martin also reminded residents to continue trying to lessen the virus' impact on the Stamford community in light of this recent tragedy. (To sign up for Stamford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)
"Residents should do everything they can to stay home, practice social distancing, wash your hands and take this public health emergency seriously," Martin said. "I believe most people in Stamford are taking this seriously, but this death should be a wake-up call for those who are not."
COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.
According to the Board of Reps website, Spadaccini was appointed to the board in August 2018. During his time on the board, he was a member of both the operations and transportation committees.
"Tony's contribution to the community, especially to the youth of Stamford, was astounding," Mary Lisa Fedeli, the board's minority leader, said in a statement, "He was so giving of his time and talents. He [will be] sorely missed by the community, and our hearts go out to his wife, Stefanie, and his two sons."
Prior to his time on the board, Spadaccini served on the Stamford Youth Foundation's board of directors from 2006 to 2018, as well as the Stamford American Little League's board of directors from 2002 to 2005. He was also a member of the Huguenot Lions Club from 1996 to 2002.
In addition to these community and civic activities, he also served as chief operating officer of View Entertainment.
A Republican, Spadaccini ran for re-election in November against Democratic candidate Jeff Curtis, who ultimately won out on Election Day.
According to his Patch candidate profile, Spadaccini was 54 at the time of the election. He lived in Stamford with his family.
"I will always fight for the residents of my district," Spadaccini said in his election profile. "I am known as a person who gets things done!"