first_img× SECAUCUS– Former 3rd Ward Councilwoman Susan Pirro passed away Sunday afternoon after a long cancer battle, Town Administrator Gary Jeffas confirmed.“It’s devastating,” Jeffas said, about the passing. “She will be missed.”Pirro stepped down from her councilwoman position in January to focus more on her cancer battle. She previously took a leave of absence from the council after receiving the cancer diagnosis in November, 2016. Pirro returned in February, 2017, waiting to see if her cancer was in remission. However, she announced in October, 2017 the cancer had returned, and took another leave.“Sue was just a wonderful person,” said 3rd Ward Councilman William McKeever, who worked closely with Pirro on the council. “She volunteered for everything. She never said ‘no’ to anybody who wanted help.”Pirro had served on a number of positions in town. She was a former Secaucus school board member, having served for six years before joining the council.She was also a former PTA president, resurrecting the town’s PTA in 1998, and helped oversee town recreation programs.Pirro was also a volunteer for the Secaucus Citizens Animal Care Committee and Secaucus Municipal Youth Alliance. She was a liaison for the town’s Office of Emergency Management and Board of Health.She regularly hosted fundraising events for the Secaucus Animal Shelter, such as an annual Halloween fundraiser.Pirro was first elected to the council in 2010. She is survived by her three daughters.last_img read more