Councilman Amoroso's widow: "I didn't know I married a rockstar"
BATON ROUGE- Reality is slowly sinking in that Buddy Amoroso won't be coming home. The second term Metro Councilman was killed in a cycling accident over the weekend while he was training for an upcoming race.
His widow and three children sat elbow to elbow together recalling pleasant memories of their dad and the indelible mark he left on our community.
"I didn't know I had married a rock star," Denise Amoroso said. "We had no idea of the things he did and how he brought people together."
Monday, Amoroso received a full police escort from the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office to Resthaven Funeral Home. It comes as support continues to pour in.
"People that would be adversaries, he got them shaking hands," Amoroso said. "That's pretty amazing. To me, I think that comes from his Christianity. He loved God and loved his neighbor."
Amoroso said her family will mourn Buddy's death in a private funeral service. However, a public celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The arrangements are still pending.
The last time a sitting Metro Councilman passed away in office was in February of 2001. That's when Michael Tassin died. His wife, Martha Jane Tassin, filled the rest of his term until an election could be held 10 months later. Martha Jane Tassin won that election to hold on to his seat.
"That question has been asked several times," Amoroso said. "No one can take Buddy's place. The district, and the city and the family there will always be a big void there. It can never be filled. He was larger than life. I've thought about it. The district needs to be represented, and we can't go six months without having someone fill that seat. So we will pray about it and talk to the kids about it."
The man who hit Amoroso and another biker was arrested and charged with negligent homicide.
"We don't have any anger, bitterness towards anybody," Amoroso said. "We are Christians. We believe Buddy belonged to Christ. The scriptures say our days are already numbered. That's what I have to trust in the lord. Buddy's days were numbered. He loved to ride his bike and I'm glad that's what he was doing."
The family remains grateful for the incredible support they've received.
"We had no idea that our dad meant so much to so many people," Elaine Amoroso said. "Many people don't get the outpouring we received in the last few days. It's going to continue. We are very thankful."
The family would love to hear from you if Buddy touched your life in some way. They encourage you to leave a memory at rememberingbuddyamoroso.com.