Yesterday, the city of Aurora, Illinois mourned the loss of longtime community advocate, Vernon LaVia. As an individual deeply committed to the people of Aurora, LaVia's impact on his community is immeasurable. In an online statement, Mayor Richard C. Irvin extended condolences on behalf of the city, expressing support to LaVia's widow, Linda Chapa LaVia, and their two daughters, Veronica and Jackie, in a Facebook post by the City of Aurora, IL, Government.
Born in 1963, Vernon LaVia devoted his entire life to championing the community and the well-being of its residents. He served with distinction on numerous boards and organizations, dedicating his time and effort to ensuring that these establishments facilitated positive change in Aurora. His passion for his hometown was reflected in the many lives he touched and the countless initiatives he spearheaded. Mayor Irvin aptly described LaVia's contributions to the community, stating, "He personified 'community service' and left every board, business, place, and person better simply because of his presence and involvement.", according to the City of Aurora, IL, Government.
LaVia's work as a community leader was not only felt by Aurora's residents, but also inspired future generations to engage in public service. Vernon LaVia has left an indelible mark on the people of Aurora, and as the community mourns, it is important to celebrate the lasting legacy he has left behind.