Pat Shontz, a former Madeira Beach mayor and city commissioner, died Thursday at a local hospital, city officials said.
“It was a shock,” Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno said. “She was supposed to come home today. She went in the night.”
Palladeno said Shontz was being treated for injuries received in a recent fall.
“She cared. Pat had nothing but love for the city of Madeira Beach,” Palladeno said. “She brought a lot to the table. She’ll be sorely missed. There’s just no words.”
Shontz and her husband, George, who died in 2015, were longtime owners of the Apple, a Madeira Beach restaurant. She had served both as Madeira Beach mayor and commissioner. She resigned her commission seat last summer during a contentious battle over development in the city.
Palladeno said he had ordered city flags at half-staff in her honor and planned to drape the dais in black in her honor.
“How do you replace someone like her?” Palladeno asked. “You don’t.”
Housh Ghovaee, who replaced Shontz on the commission, agreed that she was a hard act to follow. Sitting in the seat she vacated, Ghovaee said, was trying to fill “her larger than life shoes.”
“There will never be another Pat Shontz. She was the ‘go-to’ person,” Ghovaee said. “Pat dedicated over 50 years of her life to serving Madeira Beach residents and never stopped. She was caring, loving, giving and smart.”
Details about arrangements and memorials were not available.