John Sakellaris, a former deputy mayor of Jersey City who raised money for numerous Democratic candidates, died on January 10. He was 75.
Sakellaris had been the owner of Al’s Diner in Jersey City and the Lyndhurst Diner.
He became involved in politics during Rep. Frank Guarini’s 1978 campaign and served as deputy mayor under Anthony Cucci from 1985 to 1989.
Sakellaris was active in the Greek American community and raised money for presidential candidates Michael Dukakis in 1988 and Paul Tsongas in 1992. He also served as a fundraiser for U.S. Senators Bill Bradley and Bob Menendez, Gov. Jim Florio, and Reps. Bill Pascrell and Donald Payne, Sr.
Gov. Jon Corzine appointed him to serve on the state Commission on Hellenic Heritage.
Born in Greece, Sakellaris emigrated to the United States in 1962.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton.