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Community Mourns the Loss of Albany Mayor

Flags at city facilities have been lowered in honor of Mayor Peggy Thomsen.

Mayor Peggy Thomsen. Photo provided by City of Albany
Mayor Peggy Thomsen. Photo provided by City of Albany
Family, friends and city officials are mourning the unexpected death of Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen.

Thomsen, who had battled cancer for some time, was a 47-year resident of Albany. Thomsen's family says she died in the early morning hours on June 8.

In the wake Thomsen's death, the City of Albany released the following statement:

The City of Albany deeply mourns the loss of our Mayor Peggy Thomsen. Flags at City facilities have been lowered at all City facilities, and the Albany City Council will adjourn in memory of Mayor Thomsen at their meeting this evening.

Mayor Thomsen has gifted Albany with a legacy of leadership and a remarkable dedication to serving the community. We will dearly miss Mayor Thomsen, and strive to continue with the duties of local government to serve the community in honor of Peggy. The City wishes to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Thomsen family, our hearts and prayers are with them at this time of sorrow.

Thomsen's family sent an email addressing the loss of their mother:

To our Family and Friends,

We are writing to let you know that our mother, Peggy Thomsen, passed away just after midnight on June 8th.  Although she had been bravely battling cancer for a while, this was unexpected and she passed quickly and peacefully.

She always put her family, friends, and community ahead of herself because they were more important to her than anything. She will miss you all.

Our family is in shock and feeling great loss but we wanted to let you know, dear friends and Albany family.  Information regarding a memorial service will be forthcoming.  We appreciate your support and prayers.

The Thomsen Family

Ellen Hershey June 10, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Peggy Thomsen was the embodiment of civility - what it means to work together for the common good. Even at times when I didn't agree with her, I respected her view because I knew she had formed it with the community's best interests in mind. And I knew she respected mine. She leaves behind a great legacy of a life lived in service to others to inspire us for the future.
Robert Cheasty June 10, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Peggy was a joy to work with and a wonderful presence on any project. All who had the luck to spend time with her know her personal warmth and kindness. Peggy gave freely of her time and her energy both for the benefit of individuals in need of assistance and for the benefit of the community. She was genuine in her expressions and her emotions and at the same time allowed for the range of differing opinions in public and private life. We will all miss Peggy.
Doug Donaldson June 10, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Peggy devoted so much of her time, skill and energy to Albany, and to making Albany a better place now and in future years. I am sure she served us as an elected official for an aggregate of more than 20 years, with multiple terms on the Council and School Board. What a contribution! What dedication!
Suzanne Stroh June 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM
We were fortunate to have had so many years of Peggy's extraordinary civic mindedness, patience, astute and balanced judgement, and leadership in Albany. She will be very much missed but she also leaves a wonderful example for others to aspire to emulate.
Del Price June 11, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Peggy has been my next door neighbor, friend and mentor. I will miss her commitment, candor, organizing ability and wit. I could tease her about being a pack rat without fear it would cut off my stream of tomatoes from her San Jose garden--the memorial to her parents. I celebrate the life she lived, the role model she was, the educator she never stopped being, the friend to us all. Pierce Street Park can now be named in her honor.

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