Mourning the loss, celebrating the life of Wilbert Stockton Sr.

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PITTSFIELD — Family and friends gathered at the Second Congregational Church on Sunday, Aug. 13, for the funeral of Wilbert N. Stockton Sr., Pittsfield’s first African-American city councilor.

He was remembered on Sunday, not only as a patriarch for his extensive family, but as a pioneer for the city and patron saint for Pittsfield's West Side. He died on Tuesday, surrounded by family. 

Being sworn in as the city's first African American city councilor in 1977 may be a milestone in his 94 years of life, but his legacy of pursuing equity and dignity in the quality of life on behalf of everyone he knew may be his most enduring accomplishment. For more on his life and legacy: Pittsfield's quiet gift: Remembering Wilbert N. Stockton Sr.


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