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Fans Of The Late Mayor Rizzo Celebrate His Life Tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the death of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, a pugilistic titan of Philadelphia politics who passed while preparing to re-take his City Hall office.

Fans Of The Late Mayor Rizzo Celebrate His Life Tomorrow

Daily News cover from July 17, 1991, the day after former Mayor Frank Rizzo died.
Daily News cover from July 17, 1991, the day after former Mayor Frank Rizzo died.

From today's Clout column:

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the death of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, a pugilistic titan of Philadelphia politics who passed while preparing to re-take his City Hall office.

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts will ride from Rizzo's grave in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham at 11 a.m. to the statue of the former mayor outside the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall.

His son, Councilman Frank Rizzo, said a nice crowd is expected to gather at the statue between noon and 12:30 p.m. for a ceremony that will include the former mayor's brother, former city Fire Commissioner Joe Rizzo; former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, and former Police Commissioner Joe O'Neil.

"It's nice when people think about you when you're alive," Rizzo's son told us yesterday. "But it's really something when they think about you when you're dead. Especially in politics."

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