Remembering City Councilman Emile Spano

Leslie D. Rose @DvilleNewsie
Donaldsonville Councilman Emile J. Spano

The Donaldsonville Chief mourns the untimely passing of Donaldsonville Councilman Emile Spano, who died on the evening of May 22 at the age of 68.

Spano, a Donaldsonville native, served on City Council, District 5, since 2007. He was a graduate of Ascension Catholic School and Nicholls State University. Spano served as Chief Deputy Assessor for Ascension Parish for 22 years and as Ascension Parish Assessor for nine months prior to retiring.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan, who offered his prayers to Spano's family, said that the Councilman will be dearly missed by the entire city.

"He was, in my opinion, the hardest working councilman," Sullivan said. "If there was a problem in his district or someone called him - he was going to take care of it and stay on it until it was taken care of.

He's going to be missed by the city council and myself. I considered him a good friend - we are definitely going to miss him. The city as a whole is going to miss him, and most definitely his district because of his desire to make sure that he satisfied his constituents."

Due to the councilman's passing, the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 was rescheduled to the following Tuesday.

Visitation will be at Ourso Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 25 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Chuch co-celebrated by the Revs. Phil Spano and Paul Yi at 11 a.m. Entombment to follow in the church mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Help Restore the Convent c/o Ascension Catholic School, 311 St. Vincent St. Donaldsonville, LA 70346

Brandie Richardson contributed to this report.