Former Wilmington City Council President Ted Blunt dies at 80

 January 13, 2024

Delaware politics lost one of its own last week.

According to Delaware Public, former Wilmington City Council President Ted Blunt died at age 80.

Blunt's family confirmed the news in a statement last week, indicating that he died surrounded by family at his home.

The former council president was known for his achievements in office and for being a respectable "family man," according to reports.

Statements released

Given that he served on the council for 24 years, it's not surprising that many of his local and state colleagues issued statements upon his passing, remembering his service to the area.

"Wilmington lost one of its greatest leaders and public servants," current Council President Trippi Congo said. "Wilmington lost one of its greatest leaders and public servants … Throughout his political career, he always kept his feet humbly on the ground and his heart rooted in his beloved city."

WHYY noted:

Congo pointed to Blunt’s achievements, which included making scholarships available for students citywide, extending hours at community centers and securing funding to help “at-risk” students. He was also remembered as a family man who was “larger than life,” Congo said.

Lisa Blunt Rochester, his daughter, also released a statement honoring his father.

"My heart is broken at the passing of my father, my hero, and my inspiration," she said in a post on social media. "Dad was an educator, mentor, leader, and friend to so many. My family asks for your grace, prayers, and privacy as we mourn his loss."

Governor's statement

Delaware Gov. Jim Carney (D) released a statement upon Blunt's passing, remembering his service to Wilmington.

"Tracey and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Ted Blunt. Ted was a devoted husband and father and cared deeply about his community. He developed strong relationships with countless Delawareans, and I was proud to count him as one of my friends," Carney wrote

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper (D) also released a statement.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s family during this difficult time. Read my full statement on his passing," he wrote, attaching a full statement.

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