By CBS Baltimore Staff

MOUNT AIRY, Md. (WJZ) — Months after he won re-election, Mount Airy Mayor Patrick Rockinberg has died. He was 58.

“His vibrant, positive personality, as well as his leadership, will be long remembered and greatly missed,” town officials said in a statement. “The Town passes along its deep condolences to Mayor Pat’s family and friends.”

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Rockinberg led the town for 11 years. In March, he won his fourth term by just two votes.

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His cause of death was not immediately disclosed. However, in 2018, Rockinberg took a brief leave of absence after surgery for esophogeal cancer.

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Under the town charter, Town Council President Jason Poirier will serve as mayor for the rest of Rockinberg’s term while remaining council president.

CBS Baltimore Staff