Frank Sciotto remembered fondly by many people

Politicians come and go, but not all of them receive the fine tributes that have come the late Frank Sciotto’s way.

The former city of Marquette mayor, city commissioner and assistant fire chief died Friday at Marquette General Hospital.

At Monday’s city commission meeting, members of the governing body gave their remembrances of Sciotto, calling him, for example, a “real asset to the city of Marquette” and “just the nicest, down-to-earth man of integrity.”

City Fire Chief Tom Belt said in an email Tuesday that not only was Sciotto loyal to the firefighters and officers, he served as a mentor to him and supported him personally and professionally.

Sciotto, however, was involved in the community beyond politics. He served for more than 60 years as an usher at St. Michael Catholic Church, but he obviously was more than that. The Rev. Larry Van Damme, the church’s pastor, said Sciotto’s deep faith inspired many people.

Sciotto’s list of community activities is long. He also was a regular volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a member of Elks Lodge No. 405 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

And like many Upper Peninsula residents, Sciotto was into fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits, and was a Detroit Red Wings fan.

Frank Sciotto’s name is engraved on plaques in the commission chambers at city hall commemorating his years of service. However, his legacy will go way beyond those plaques.