City Council bids a fond farewell to Joan Krajewski

 Councilwoman Joan Krajewski in a 2011 photo. (Nat Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Councilwoman Joan Krajewski in a 2011 photo. (Nat Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia City Council bid a fond farewell to one of its own this week.

The entire City Council rose as one to pay tribute to former Councilwoman Joan Krajewski who died Aug. 29 while council was on summer recess. Councilman Dennis O’Brien called Krajewski an independent woman who did what she wanted when she wanted to do it.

“I don’t care if a psychic reader or the president of the United States called Joan Krajewski on an issue, she was going to do what she wanted to do anyway,” O’Brien said. “She wasn’t going to be guided by that or any other voice.”

O’Brien said Krajewski, who represented the city’s river wards and parts of the Northeast, fought for those who didn’t have many champions on Council, an observance seconded by Councilman Curtis Jones.

“Thank you, Councilman,” Jones said. “Ditto, Ditto and ditto.”

Krajewski was laid to rest last week.

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