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Mayor Sarno Issues Statement on the Passing of Distinguished Community Leader and Beloved Retired State Representative Raymond A. Jordan

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “so very, very sorry to hear about the passing of my old dear friend retired State Representative Raymond Jordan. My wife Carla, our daughters Cassandra and Chiara, and I send our sympathy, thoughts, prayers and encouragement to Ray’s lovely wife Donna, daughters Denise and Darlene, and family and friends. This one hits home. Ray was a dear friend whose advice, wisdom and support I respected and cherished. His daughter Denise was my Chief of Staff for a decade, following in her dad’s proud path of public service. Ray was a well-respected champion for his district, from being on the front lines in the 1960s fighting for the civil rights cause to being known throughout the state and the nation for his Democratic leadership. Ray was a caring and shrewd gentleman, who could work both sides of the aisle in order to deliver for the people, families and businesses of his district. Whether it was helping someone in need for housing and/or heat in their home to major projects in his district and our City of Springfield, Ray was a major player to get it done. Ray especially had a big heart and a soft spot for our senior citizens and would always go out of his way for them. For these efforts, our new state-of-the-art senior center is named in honor of Raymond A. Jordan. Rest in peace my friend, the Barracuda, for a job well done.”

Mayor Sarno on behalf of Denise Jordan and the Jordan family issues the following statement.

“The Jordan Family would like to thank you for your prayers, kindness and outpouring of support and love during this difficult time.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, the family respectfully will not be receiving visitors or meals as safety precautions.  Condolences and inquires can be sent to  The family will monitor all inquiries.  Thank you for respecting our wishes as we mourn the loss of The Barracuda!”

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