Jerry Wasserman, chairman of the Needham Board of Selectmen, died at his home Thursday afternoon after battling cancer. He was 65 years old.
Wasserman, who had served on the board for over a decade, was remembered as a fervent advocate for the poor and elderly by friends and colleagues in Needham.
"He loved Needham," said Moe Handel, a Board of Selectmen member. "Jerry was a good friend and colleague not only to me and other members of the board, but to countless people in Needham, as evidenced by the many, many people who came out to visit him over the course of a very difficult illness."
Kate Fitzpatrick, Needham's town manager, said in an email that Wasserman served on the town's School Committee before being elected as a selectman in 1999.
Fitzpatrick also noted that in addition to his town duties, Wasserman's had a passion for folk music, and had recently released a CD.
Fitzpatrick wrote that funeral arrangements were still being made, and that she would pass along information as she receives it.
"Our Needham family lost a member who cared deeply for our community and he will be missed," she wrote.