BATH, Maine — A city councilor who devoted much of her life to helping others was found dead this morning inside her residence at 36 Mechanic St., City Manager William Giroux said.
Ruthe Pagurko, 63, apparently died overnight in her sleep, Giroux said.
Pagurko was about to serve her eighth year on the city council.
She leaves behind two daughters, Jennifer and Jamie.
Giroux said people in the community came to know Pagurko because everywhere they went, they saw her helping people.
“I personally think she did more volunteer work in Bath of anyone I know of,” Giroux said. “If she hadn’t been on the city council, she would have been chosen Citizen of the Year.”
Councilor Andrew Winglass said this morning that he was shocked at the news.
“I’m shocked and saddened,” Winglass said. “I just saw her the other day at the reopening of the skate park.”
Pagurko, mother of two daughters, had a long list of voluntary achievements, and won the Main Street Bath Presidents Award, the Spirit of Bath and the Paul Harris Rotary Award. She worked for several years in day care, and has served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Salvation Army and Main Street Bath.
She also devoted herself to senior citizens, and was a member of the Senior Citizens Activities Committee.
Pagurko was a graduate of the former Glen Cove Christian Academy.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. Bath City Councilor Ruthe Pagurko was 63, not 65.