March 14, 1991: Tommy Hazouri at candidate forum at Edward Waters College Student Union Hall.

March 14, 1991: Tommy Hazouri at candidate forum at Edward Waters College Student Union Hall.

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Condolences poured in for former Jacksonville Mayor Hazouri from public officials and residents on social media on Saturday.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams posted "A sad day for Jacksonville, Tommy Hazouri was a true statesman and devoted to our city....Prayers for the Hazouri family."

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Jr. said "the Jacksonville community has lost a beloved leader and cherished friend. He was a true statesman who embodied the very best of the American spirit. I am praying for the Hazouri family during this difficult time."

Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene:

"Jacksonville has lost a best friend and perhaps its biggest advocate. All sympathy and prayers for the Hazouri family."

Nathaniel P. Ford, chief of executive officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Association, said Hazouri envisioned Jacksonville as a great community.

"Tommy Hazouri dedicated his life to making the City of Jacksonville a better place to live for everyone. He always saw the true potential of our community and fought for what he believed in. Jannet and I will miss his friendship dearly. Our hearts are with Carol and their family," Ford tweeted.

Chris Hand, former chief of staff to Mayor Alvin Brown, said Jacksonville owes Hazouri a "tremendous debt of gratitude."

"His legacy is massive. It includes cleaner air, the removal of tolls on bridges, stronger public schools, a fully inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance and needed neighborhood investments," Hand said. "He was also a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable person: Warm, gregarious, never knew a stranger."

''Tommy Hazouri was a friend, a leader and a gentleman. He was committed to his community, his family, and public service. I'll miss him greatly but he's in a better place. God bless you, buddy," U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist said of Hazouri.

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said Hazouri was a "dear friend" of her family. "I do not remember my life without memories of Tommy. He was a dear friend of my family and will be so missed," she said.

Compiled by Times-Union writers Teresa Stepzinski, Emily Bloch and Clayton Freeman.

This article originally ran on jacksonville.com.

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