Gus Tamburro, who served four terms as mayor of Evesham, has died. He was 81.
Tamburro was an insurance investigator who went to law school at age 48.
Five years later, in 1991, the grandfather of two ran for mayor, on a “Stop Overspending” platform. He ousted incumbent Raymond Brossel, who had been mayor of eleven years, by a near 2-1 margin, bringing a majority on the township council along with him.
Tamburro started out as a Democrat but joined the GOP before his run for mayor. He was viewed as a close ally of then-Burlington County Republican chairman Glenn Paulsen.
He used to compare Paulsen to Yul Brynner’s portrayal of the Pharaoh in the Ten Commandments, often saying he could envision Paulsen saying “so let it be written; so let it be done.”
When he ran for re-election in 1995, Tamburro defeated Dawn Addiego, now a state senator, and Tom Baker. He ran about 150 votes ahead of Addiego and 345 votes in front of Baker.
He was unopposed in 1999.
In 2003, he easily won a fourth term in a three-way race.
Tamburro lost re-election in 2007 to Randy Brown, a football coach bid in the May 2007 local election was largely funded by Democrats.
Tamburro was the top vote-getter on his own slate, but still ran about 200 votes behind Chris Brown. Randy Brown and Chris Brown eventually switched to the GOP
Evesham announced today that flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of the former mayor.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Edith Tamburro and the entire Tamburro family on the loss of a family patriarch and loved one,” the Evesham mayor and council said in a statement released today. “Evesham Township has lost a true public servant and steadfast leader. Mayor Tamburro served our municipality from 1991-2007 and his legacy will live on in the good work he did for our town and our families. While our hearts are heavy today they are also filled with gratitude as his leadership was a testament to the notion that public service is a noble calling.”
Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) served on the local school board while Tamburro was still mayor.
“His work to make Evesham one of the biggest small towns in the state can still be seen today and is an example of what every public servant should strive to be like,” Howarth said.