Stone Park Mourns Longest-Serving Trustee

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Stone Park is mourning the death of a former trustee whom Stone Park Mayor Ben Mazzulla called a “great community leader.” 

Thomas J. Godfrey Sr. died on Nov. 8. Stone Park officials announced his death on the village’s Facebook page. He was 83 years old. 

“Trustee Godfrey was the longest serving Trustee in the Village of Stone Park. He was a great leader and voice in our community for 40 years,” village officials said in the Facebook statement. 

During an interview on Nov. 10, Mayor Mazzulla said Godfrey was one of the best trustees he’d ever served with on the board. 

“He was committed to his community,” the mayor said. “He worked very hard to get a lot of programs and initiatives done under my administration. In prior administrations, he was kind of at a dead end. Once we took over in 2001, he was proud and he knew that his voice meant something.

Thomas Godfrey Sr., Stone Park’s longest-serving trustee, died on Nov. 8. | Provided

Mazzulla said Trustee Godfrey served from 1978 to 2019, when he retired. The mayor said Godfrey was passionate about maintaining the quality of the town. 

“He wanted residents to take pride in their homes,” Mazzulla said. “He was all about them maintaining their property. He was very big on that. Infrastructure was his second passion.” 

Mazzulla said he’s known Godfrey since the 1970s. 

“I’ve known Tom since 1976, when I first moved here as a kid,” the mayor said. “He was my neighbor down the street. He was a great community leader.” 

Godfrey was married to the late Anna Godfrey. He had two children: Veronica De Bartolo and Thomas Godfrey Jr. 

Godfrey Sr.’s visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Ave. in Melrose Park. The funeral mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1637 N 37th Ave. in Stone Park. He’ll be interred at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 Wolf Rd. in Hillside. 

Carbonara Funeral Home is asking anyone attending the visitation/funeral to please wear your facial mask and adhere to social distancing. For more information, click here. 

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