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Mississippi mayor dies after complications from surgery

Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer(WLOX)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 3:29 PM CDT
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DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WLOX) - Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer died Friday following complications from surgery on July 21. He had been hospitalized in serious condition for the last 10 days.

Mayor Schafer leaves behind his wife, Camille, and one daughter, Caroline.

Schafer holds the honor of being Diamondhead’s first mayor, having been elected in 2013 after the community incorporated. He was re-elected for a second term in 2017.

“Tommy was committed to the betterment of all residents of Diamondhead and loved serving his community,” Diamondhead City Manager Michael Reso said. “He was a tireless advocate for the city and his dedication and leadership will be greatly missed.”

In a statement, Reso asked that everyone respect the family’s privacy and to keep them in your prayers during this difficult time.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes offered his sympathy in a statement, saying, “It is with great sorrow that we offer our deepest condolences to the family of Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer. Tommy was a fast friend and reliable colleague. His welcoming personality and upbeat approach in providing leadership to his community endeared him to many. Gone too soon, he will be missed on both a personal and professional level. May God rest his soul and bring peace and comfort to his family and friends.”

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