Longtime Morristown Democrat councilman Anthony Cattano has died.
Mayor Tim Dougherty confirmed Cattano's passing Tuesday night, after a long battle with cancer. He said Cattano's son, John, would likely announce service arrangements later this week.
Cattano, who would have been up for re-election to Town Council next year, had not appeared in a council meeting all year as he fought his illness. Occasionally, the son of former mayor Anthony Cattano Sr.—whom Cattano Avenue was named after in the early 1990s—participated in meetings by phone.
"He had been battling serious illness for a while," Dougherty said. "Tony was one of those guys who kept coming back, though, you know?
"The town lost an icon," he said.
Morristown Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.