State officials pay homage to Flo Fabrizio

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We would like to recognize a man who dedicated decades of his life to serving his community; State Representative Flo Fabrizio has died at the age of 73.  

“All the caucuses and the Governor working together…”

He’s being remembered as a man whose passion for the Erie community was unmatched.  Born in Erie in 1944, Florindo Fabrizio had served in the state house since 2002.  He was elected to represent the 2nd District after 20 years as Erie County Clerk.  Before that; a stockbroker and teacher. 

Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County Executive, says, “Flo’s passing is a big loss for our region,” and hails Fabrizio as our Senior Statesman, saying, “He’s the person, if you really want to get something done and you need some help… you need some advice on how to get something done, Flo has been the person to go to for that.”

Current Erie County Clerk, Doug Smith, says, “Flo is a public servant through and through.  He worked for the county and then moved on to the state and, right up until the end, he was working on behalf of an area he must have had a deep feeling for.”

In April of 2017, Fabrizio revealed he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Then, in January, announced he would not seek a ninth term in the state house.  Fellow Representative Pat Harkins was with Fabrizio just before his death.  After that decision not to run again, he applauded Fabrizio’s leadership.  “…When you put a face with things that are done in Erie, it’s Flo Fabrizio”.

Dahlkemper says, “You know, there’s very few people that leave the kind of mark that Flo has left on our community.  He’s lived a life of service and what he brought will be felt for many, many years here.”

This morning, Governor Tom Wolf added his condolences, saying in part, “he was a personal friend to me and I will never forget his zeal for life, even in his most difficult days.  His legacy in Erie and across Pennsylvania will live on for years to come”. 

Flo Fabrizio is survived by his wife of 30 years, a daughter, and two stepsons.

With the help of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, the lights of the state Capitol dome will shine red, white and blue tonight in memory of state Rep. Flo Fabrizio, D-Erie, who died earlier today at 73 after a battle with cancer, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced. 

“Flo was an incredible friend, father, husband, advocate and colleague,” Bizzarro said. “He embodied everything a representative should be: passionate about his work, dedicated to his constituents and compassionate toward those in need. He had a huge heart, and he put all of his heart into everything he did. 

“The Erie community – and the entire commonwealth – lost a unique and tireless advocate today. Flo’s legacy lives on in the countless people whose lives he touched. Those of us who were lucky enough to know and work with him personally are forever changed by his influence. The best way I can think of for us to honor Flo is to keep fighting the good fight – something he did his entire life.” 

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