Our Opinion: John J. Pignatelli

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At a time in our history when the word "politician" often evokes suspicion at best and disdain at worst, it takes the passing of an admirable practitioner of that craft to remind us that the term "public servant" can be the highest form of praise. Such a man was John J. Pignatelli, who served for 20 years as a member of the Lenox Select Board and eight years as chairman of the former Berkshire County Commission. For him, politics was about leadership — the art of persuading people with different viewpoints to come together for the common good. His brand of leadership sprang from his own strength of character and his clear concern for the welfare of his constituents above all else. His family — which includes his son, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli — has every reason to be proud of its patriarch, and its loss is shared by the people of Berkshire County, who benefited from Mr. Pignatelli's lifetime of dedication.

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