Former Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo, who served as mayor for 24 years, died this week at the age of 78. | Provided Photo

Village officials announced that former Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo, who served in the position for 24 years, died on Wednesday at the age of 78.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and community leader, former Mayor Frank Loffredo,” the Village of Lake Villa said in a statement.

“Frank’s legacy is one that will forever inspire and guide us. Throughout his life, Frank dedicated himself to making our community a better place,” the village said in the statement.

Loffredo began his career in public service with the Village of Lake Villa as a plan commissioner in 1978.

He was elected as a village trustee in 1985 and elected mayor in 1993.

Loffredo served as mayor of Lake Villa for 24 years. He was appointed chairman of the police commission after he retired.

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“His unwavering commitment to public service and his tireless efforts to bring about positive change, has left an unforgettable mark on our Village,” officials said.

In 2010, Loffredo was recognized by the Village of Lake Villa with a new park named in his honor.

The village said Loffredo leaves behind an “incredible legacy” and that his actions and spirit of giving “will continue to inspire us and generations to come.”

The village will have its flags at half mast until November 4 in Loffredo’s honor.

An obituary said Loffredo, a Waukegan native, died on Wednesday in Gladstone, Michigan, at age 78.

He was a graduate of Waukegan High School before later attending several universities.

Loffredo moved to Lake Villa in 1970 with his wife, his obituary said.

He worked as a professor and department chair teaching dental technology and prosthetics at Triton College.

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Loffredo retired from education after 35 years with Triton College.

A visitation is scheduled for November 4 at Ringa Funeral Home in Lake Villa.