Newton City Councilor Jay Ciccone Dies Unexpectedly At 55

Jenna Fisher
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NEWTON, MA — Newton City Councilor Allan L. "Jay" Ciccone, Jr. died unexpectedly on Saturday. He was 55.

"With a heavy heart, I mourn alongside all of Newton over the sudden passing of [Councilor Ciccone]," Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said in a statement.

Fuller called him a dedicated public servant, serving Ward 1 in Nonantum as a city councilor since 2007.

Before that he worked in the Sherborn Police department for 17 years.

"He was a man of the people, his feet were on the ground, he was plain-spoken, genuine, passionate, and he was a man of his word," said Fuller. "He served with integrity and authenticity and most of all, he loved his family—ever devoted to his late mother, father, four children, and two grandchildren and his beloved girlfriend Diane [Shepherd]."

Ciccone coached football and baseball teams in the area at various levels of competition, according to his obituary. And he belonged to various neighborhood organizations including the St. Mary of Carmen Society.

"Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our brother, a true leader for the people of Nonantum," the society posted to Facebook Monday.

His fellow city councilors also took to Facebook to post about the news.

"Hard working, loyal, pragmatic, loved this City, would give you the shirt off his back," said City Councilor Emily Norton. "A proud family man - he was so close to his father, his children, and grandchildren, and loved to tell stories about them. I will miss serving with him, and our breakfasts at Village Cafe."

Visiting hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home Thursday, Nov. 12 and again 9:30 am. Friday, before the funeral will head to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, for a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass. Ciccone will be buried at Newton Cemetery.

The wake and Funeral Mass will be held according to state coronavirus rules, so masks and social distancing are required and the overall number of people gathering will be limited, according to his obituary.

"I will personally miss him as a colleague and a friend and the City of Newton," said Fuller. "And Nonantum has lost a true champion of the people."

This article originally appeared on the Newton Patch