CHICAGO (CBS) — Former alderman Bernard Stone has died at the age of 87.
Stone represented the 50th Ward in the West Rogers Park neighborhood for nearly 40 years, serving from 1973 to 2011.
His family said he died early Monday at Skokie NorthShore Hospital, as a result of complications from a fall.
“He loved serving the people, he loved his job — he lived his job,” said daughter Ilana Feketitsch.
Stone was vice mayor for his last 14 years in office.
Ald. Joe Moore, who represents the neighboring 49th Ward, served on the council with Stone for 20 years, sometimes butting heads with the North Side’s elder statesman. Moore called Stone a one-of-a-kind individual.
“While he and I didn’t always see eye to eye on political issues, and often on policy issues, both of us shared an affinity for speaking our mind, and speaking from our heart,” Moore said.