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August 19, 2011

Former mayor Pfuhl dies

JOHNSTOWN — When Herb Pfuhl walked out of City Hall in 1993, he carried with him the title of Johnstown’s longest-serving mayor.

But Pfuhl – who died Thursday at age 83 – insisted that he was burdened by no regrets or doubts after nearly two decades of sometimes-bruising city politics.

“No, I really haven’t had any disappointments,” Pfuhl said at the time. “I am very proud of what I’ve done. I’m very honored that I had the opportunity to do it.”

That decisive, straightforward mentality earned Pfuhl friends and enemies during his historic run as a Republican mayor in a Democratic town.

He is remembered as the mayor who revitalized Main Street and landed millions in federal aid while also struggling through a major flood, steep population declines and the death of Big Steel.

Despite that turbulence, Pfuhl lost only one of his six mayoral campaigns and left on his own terms.

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