“No one ever had the city’s best interest in mind more than Ted Pelosi,” Rurak said.
Ryan said he ran against Pelosi twice, winning once and losing once.
“He was a terrific person and the sharpest dresser,” Ryan said. “Ted was always very involved in the city and his word was his bond. If he told you he was on your side, you could count on him. But his first obligation was always to the people and the city. He was wicked friendly, but he was no political slouch either.”
Guerin and veteran councilors Robert Scatamacchia, William Macek and John Michitson said they grew up listening to Pelosi and that he inspired them to run for elected office.
“He was the embodiment of integrity,” said Guerin, who served with Pelosi as a freshman councilor. “He showed me that you can go through the raucousness of politics and still have integrity. I can’t think of a more appropriate tribute to Mayor Pelosi than to name the council chambers after him. He’s the gold standard of Haverhill city government.”
Michitson said councilors of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s were his heroes growing up.
“And Ted was the leader of the pack,” Michitson said. “And because of it, Haverhill is a much better place today.”
Councilor Mayor Ellen Daly O’Brien said Pelosi also set the standard for civility among councilors.
“He set the example of how we can all get along to get things done,” Daly O’Brien said.
Pelosi also served the city for many years after he retired from elected politics. At various times he was on the Council of Aging board, the Bradford Historic Commission and other committees.
A veteran of the Navy who achieved the rank of lieutenant, Pelosi worked for Western Electric for 30 years, retiring in 1982 as a quality control engineer.
“Mayor Pelosi was a great American, a great mayor and a great city council president,” Fiorentini said.