Councilman Carlo "Rocky" Leone passes away

Former Councilman Carlo “Rocky” Leone was initially elected to represent the Pine District in May 1999. He recently passed away at age 84.

After 20 years of service to Peoria and just over two months after resigning, former Councilman Carlo “Rocky” Leone has passed away. He was 84.

Peoria officials, who worked with Leone for many years, were quick to voice their condolences and celebrate his memory.

“I am saddened to hear of Carlo’s passing,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said. “He spent many years representing the citizens of Peoria’s Pine District, and I am grateful for his dedicated service.

“It is a blessing that he was able to spend his final months surrounded by those he loved most. My prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Leone announced his resignation from Peoria City Council on April 16, due to ongoing health issues.

Initially elected to represent the Pine District in May 1999, he subsequently spent six terms in the position.

Leone was known for his outspoken nature and unwavering dedication to his district and its residents, frequently visiting constituents at their homes and city or neighborhood events.

“Carlo was a passionate public servant who cared deeply about the residents of Peoria,” City Manager Jeff Tyne said. “He was committed to helping make Peoria a wonderful place to live. He will be greatly missed.”

Leone lived more than 30 years in Peoria with his family. He is survived by his five children, 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. As of press time, details about Leone’s funeral arrangements are forthcoming.