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Article published October 21, 2012
Dick Settlemire, Mars mayor, dies at 56
MARS — Residents this morning praised Mayor Dick Settlemire as someone who worked hard for the borough. Settlemire, 56, known as smiling “Mayor Dick,” died Saturday morning at his home. He began his third term in 2010. Here is what some people said. Anthony Fallone, a barber at Calcara's Barber Styling Shop on Grand Avenue, said he visited Settlemire at his home about two weeks ago, and although the mayor was in failing health, his mood was upbeat as usual. He said the shop will be different now that Settlemire has died. “I will miss him because it was fun when he came into the shop,” Fallone said. “He was always upbeat, even when he was sick.” Ed Pfeifer, owner of Pfeifer Hardware on Marshall Way, said Settlemire didn't run for mayor to satisfy his ego. “He really wanted to serve,” Pfeifer said. “He was always willing to listen to the opinions and comments of not just the business owners, but anyone in the borough.” Council President Micke Fleming served on council alongside Settlemire for several years. He agreed that Settlemire was completely dedicated to his borough. “He served the people well in Mars,” Fleming said. “He certainly always had their best interests at heart.”