Wednesday, December 1, 2010

State Rep. Tony Sellier has died

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM

State Rep. Tony Sellier, R-Fort Valley, died last night. He was 65.

House Speaker David Ralston sent a memo to lawmakers this morning informing them that Sellier, who earned nearly 70 percent of his district's support on Nov. 2 to win a third term in the House, died last night due to congestive heart failure.

According to state Rep. Alan Peake, R-Macon, who spoke with WMAZ, Sellier had become dehydrated after undergoing a medical procedure last week. Crawford County Coroner Allen O’Neal told the Macon Telegraph that preliminary indications show the lawmaker died from complications related to throat cancer.

The son of an oil company worker, Sellier was born in Trinidad and grew up in Venezuela before he moved to Florida, where he attended Catholic boarding school and college. Three years after starting a career with Burlington Industries in 1970, Sellier took his oath of U.S. citizenship. The bilingual English and Spanish speaker worked 35 years for the Blue Bird Corporation, where he helped launch international projects, before retiring in 2006. Sellier served on numerous nonprofit boards including the American Cancer Society's Southeast Division and area chambers of commerce.

According to Sellier's House bio, he is survived by his wife, Judye, three grown children and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

After the jump, a statement from House Speaker David Ralston.

Ralston's office sends word:

“Jane and I join this morning with each member of the Georgia House of Representatives in extending our prayers and love to the family of Rep. Tony Sellier. Today, we are hurting as we mourn the loss of Tony. He was one of the most decent and honorable individuals to serve the state of Georgia. The integrity and honor he brought to public service and the exceptional care he had for those he served will be a lasting tribute to his memory. Though we grieve at this time, we take comfort in the assurance that he rests with God, secure in the promise of eternal life.”

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