Abercrombie: Fasi left ‘rich inheritance of public service’
U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, issued this statement today following the death of Frank Fasi: Mayor Frank Fasi was his own legacy.
He didn’t need to leave behind impressive buildings or heroic statues or huge parks to be remembered. He left a rich inheritance of public service based on a genuine love of Honolulu and everyone (in) it, from the oldest to the youngest; from the most accomplished to the most unskilled; the most secure to the most vulnerable. And everyone in Honolulu is an heir to that legacy.
For many of us, Frank Fasi seemed like he’d always been our mayor, and always would be. I had the great privilege of working closely with him during my service on the City Council, and I can say without qualification, that people always knew exactly where they stood with him. He was totally without pretense or artifice. He never had a hidden agenda.
His passing leaves me with mixed feelings. On one hand, I am saddened because he is no longer with us, and I will miss him. At the same time, I think we should celebrate such a full life so well lived.
Thank you, Mr. Mayor.