Funeral arrangements announced for former Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Hazouri

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Funeral arrangements have been announced for Jacksonville native and political powerhouse Tommy Hazouri.

The 76-year-old local icon, who died on Saturday, has served the Jacksonville community for several years.

In August, Hazouri had been hospitalized due to complications from a lung transplant surgery that he underwent in 2020. He was then transitioned to hospice care at home.

Here is the schedule of events for the celebration of Hazouri’s life:

  • Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
  • The funeral service will be Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 2501 Loretto Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223. Hazouri was a member of Mandarin Presbyterian.
  • A committal service will occur Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville FL 32207.
  • A reception will take place Thursday, September 16, 2021, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Information about the celebration of Hazouri’s public service to the City of Jacksonville will be shared at a later date.

During his time as mayor, from 1987 to 1991, he led an effort to eliminate tolls from the city’s roads and bridges and implemented an anti-odor ordinance to relieve the city of its foul odor.

He is survived by his wife Carol, who spent more than 40 years as an elementary school teacher in Duval County, and their son, Tommy Hazouri Jr.

Official statement from the City of Jacksonville:

“It is with profound sadness that the Hazouri family announces the passing of our devoted husband and loving father, Tommy Hazouri, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. A son of Jacksonville, Tommy spent a lifetime helping his neighbors build a better community. Those who knew him understood he could not have had it any other way. He spent his final days at peace surrounded by his family and friends; and in typical Tommy fashion, there was no shortage of laughing, reminiscing, and holding loved ones close. He is survived by his wife Carol and son Tommy Jr. Tommy lived his life with a certain mantra in mind. In times of intense fury, overwhelming sorrow, or unpredictable turmoil, he always insisted people put differences aside and come together. This optimism was especially important to him in recent years. As we grieve Tommy’s passing with the Jacksonville community, we ask that you honor his memory by doing something good today for someone with whom you may have had a quarrel or a disagreement. There are infinite opportunities to help each other in our daily lives, but only a finite number of days to do it. We will miss Tommy dearly, but we know his legacy will live on through the people — and the city — he loved so much.”

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