P. Thomas "Tommy" Pfeffer, former city of Maysville commissioner and current commissioner for the Maysville Utility Commission, died late Sunday night at his home after battling heart problems and cancer.
Pfeffer, 67, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Milt Verville on the Utility Commission's Board of Commissioners in July 2005 and remained active on the board until the time of his death.
MUC Manager Eddie Wenz said Pfeffer provided "great input" to the board, utilizing his financial experience from his years of employment with Emerson Electric Company.
"We're going to miss him, his financial background helped a lot and he was a great commissioner," said Wenz.
Former mayor and current city Commissioner Rick Litton was mayor at the time Pfeffer won election to the board of commissioners in 1988; Pfeffer served as city commissioner from 1988 to 1993.
"I enjoyed working with Tommy... if he was working on an issue, you could take him at face value. We had a mutual respect and trust for each other's abilities and we worked well together," Litton said.
Litton referred to Pfeffer as a tremendous person, great friend and a great citizen of our community, adding he "always looked out for the people of Maysville" when serving in public office.
"He was a great asset and friend to many people. We'll miss him, as a friend and as a friend to the community." said Litton.
Pfeffer retired from Emerson Electric Company in 2004 after a 40-year career as procurement manager; he was a lifetime member of the Certified Purchasing Manager Association and the Foundry Man's Association of America. In addition, he was a member of St. Patrick Church; the Knights of Columbus, where he had held the office of Grand Knight; the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge; and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He was also an avid model train enthusiast and in June 2009, he contributed part of his train collection to the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center exhibition "Trains and More Trains."
In addition to his service as commissioner, Pfeffer currently served with the Buffalo Trace Foundation Board.
Mass of Christian burial for Pfeffer will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church; visitation is today from 5 - 8 p.m., at Brell and Son Funeral Home.
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