Ed Schwartz, a former city councilman at-large respected for his activism in Northwest Philadelphia and beyond, died on Thursday. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, he was 69.
Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who admired Schwartz and appreciated his support during her campaign last year, released a statement upon hearing the news:
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Councilman Schwartz. He was a true champion for Philadelphia — in particular, the Northwest community — and for progressive values.
“Councilman Schwartz was my neighbor and my friend and he was very helpful in encouraging me throughout my political career.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jane Schull, his family, and his friends during this difficult time.”
Schwartz, of Mt. Airy, was elected to one term in office in 1983 and later served as director of the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and chairman of the Tax Reform Commission.