John Branca, a Port Chester trustee and former mayor who served 15 years on the village board, died Sunday after a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 66.
Branca was mayor from 1993 to 1995 after serving a decade as trustee. He re-entered politics in the landmark village election of 2010, and was completing his term this month.
Branca had undergone treatment for lung cancer following his diagnosis in March 2012. He was doing well until New Year’s, when the cancer spread, his son said. He died at home with his family present. Surviving are his wife, Linda, sons Gene and John, sister Ann Allison and three grandchildren.
Beyond his involvement in Republican and Conservative politics, Branca was retired from IBM and from New York state as a rent-control administrator.
“John was a good guy who always put Port Chester first,” Mayor Dennis Pilla said. “Always. I could feel it.”
Describing his work in public service in 1995, then-Mayor Branca said he took great pride in helping people directly. “I really love this community,” he told The Journal News. “My essence on earth has been Port Chester, New York.”
Visiting hours are Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Gunipero Funeral Home, Port Chester. Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary Church.