Conservative Leader William Delmont Has Died

April 29, 2012 Updated Apr 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM EDT

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Conservative Leader William Delmont Has Died

April 29, 2012 Updated Apr 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) A major force in the Erie County conservative party, William "Billy" Delmont has died.

Delmont was a Lackawanna native serving the community as a public official, political leader, and journalist.

He founded and ran Front Page Group, Inc., publishing the Front Page newspaper.

He also served as a trustee at Erie Community College.

Billy Delmont was 81 years old. He is survived by five daughters and a son.

The obituary published in the Buffalo News states a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.

STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSMAN BRIAN HIGGINS ON THE PASSING OF WILLIAM "BILLY" DELMONT, LONGTIME PUBLISHER OF THE FRONT PAGE NEWS, ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEE AND OFFICIAL OF THE ERIE COUNTY CONSERVATIVE PARTY

"It is with a tremendous sadness that we learned of passing of our friend Billy Delmont.

“As a journalist, a public official and political leader, Billy served our community with honor and integrity for many, many years.

“Billy cared deeply about his community, extending from his proud hometown of Lackawanna to all of Western New York. With his unique ability to put politics aside to focus on personal relationships, Billy was among the most effective behind-the-scenes advocates for our region. We were fortunate to benefit from his service.

“On a personal level, I was honored to count Billy as a close confidant and friend. From the time of my first election to the Buffalo Common Council up to and including my time as a member of Congress, I was honored to be the recipient of Billy's wise counsel. While I always valued that counsel tremendously, I valued our personal friendship all the more. I will miss our regular dinners at Curly's, in the heart of his beloved hometown, where we would hash out the issues of the day.

“Our deepest condolences are extended to the Delmont family, and to Billy's many friends and supporters."