By Sharon Aron Baron
Lou Cimaglia, a beloved veteran, former commissioner, and vice mayor for the City of Coral Springs passed away early Monday at 84.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Cimaglia moved to Florida in his youth and settled in Coral Springs in 1992. He was a licensed real estate broker and a long-time city resident.
Cimaglia served in the Army Reserves after graduating high school in 1963 and continued to be actively involved in veterans affairs for the rest of his life. He helped to found the Veterans Coalition of Coral Springs and brought the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall to the city. In 2015, he was honored by the Florida Panthers in their Heroes Among Us program.
Cimaglia was elected as a city commissioner in 2014 in a closely contested race against Howard Melamed. He was named vice mayor in 2017 but lost his bid for reelection in 2018 to newcomer Joshua Simmons. Nevertheless, he remained committed to the city and its residents, volunteering with the Optimist Club, the Community Relations Council of Broward Health Coral Springs, and the Knights of Columbus.
Cimaglia was passionate about improving the city of Coral Springs and worked tirelessly to revitalize its downtown area. He believed that within five or six years, “the city would have the best downtown in the state of Florida.”
In addition to his work as a commissioner, Cimaglia was also a member of the Coral Springs 50th Anniversary Committee in 2013 and was known for his empathy and generosity towards those in need, including distributing wheelchairs to the disabled in South Florida.
Lou Cimaglia leaves behind four children and will be greatly missed by the community of Coral Springs. His dedication to his country, his city, and those in need will not be forgotten.
Please stay posted for funeral arrangements here.
- Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.
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