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Saying farewell to longtime Jacksonville leader Tommy Hazouri

Hazouri died Saturday in hospice care after a long illness and complications from a lung transplant last year. He was one month shy of his 77th birthday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Former Jacksonville Mayor, Duval County School Board Member, State Representative and City Councilman Tommy Hazouri will be laid to rest Thursday.

Hazouri died Saturday in hospice care after a long illness and complications from a lung transplant last year. He was one month shy of his 77th birthday.

A visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, located at 4801 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville. 

The funeral service will take place Thursday morning at 10 at Mandarin Presbyterian Church, located at 2501 Loretto Rd. A graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., followed by a reception at the chapel.

Hazouri, born and raised in Jacksonville, graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and later, Jacksonville University. He is survived by his wife Carol, his son and countless friends.

Leaders from across Jacksonville are sharing their remembrances of Hazouri, including Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. Curry tweeted his tribute shortly after the announcement of Hazouri's death, saying:  "Our city mourns the loss of a true Jacksonville champion. Tommy, I will always value your friendship, leadership, and passion for our community. You will be dearly missed. Godspeed, my friend. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with your family."

Hazouri served as a state representative from 1974-86, Jacksonville mayor from 1987-91, Duval County School Board member from 2004-12, and Jacksonville City Councilmember since 2015. In his nearly 50 years of public service, he was known for his passion for the city and his commitment to making change through government action.

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