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In Memoriam: Peter Thor

Peter Thor at a 2013 rally in Stamford to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's visit.

Peter Thor, a key part of Council 4's staff and leadership team for more than 35 years, died July 9 at his home in Norwalk after a courageous fight with cancer. He was 74.

Peter worked for the City of Norwalk before coming to Council 4, where he served first as a Staff Representative and then for the last 15 years as Director of Policy and Planning before his retirement in June. He played an instrumental role in helping to build Council 4's political, communications and bargaining capacity.

"Peter was a tireless warrior for our cause," said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano. "He understood better than anyone that a strong middle class required equally strong unions, so he made sure our voice was heard at the bargaining table, the state legislature and local councils and boards across Connecticut."

Peter represented the voice of working people in many capacities, including the Investment Advisory Council of the State Treasurer, the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee, Connecticut Working Families, 1,000 Friends of CT, the Democratic State Central Committee, the legislative MORE Commission and much more.

He also spearheaded Council 4's "Privatization Equals Corruption" campaign in the aftermath of the corruption scandal that brought down former Gov. John Rowland, and provided local union members with a lasting template in making the argument against the reckless outsourcing of public services.

"Unfairness made Peter bristle. Bullies brought out the fight in him. Getting a pay raise for the members, or a little bit better health care coverage or retirement, gave him joy. Peter wanted a good life for every American," Council 4 Legislative and Political Affairs Coordinator Brian Anderson observed.

We mourn Peter's loss but will remain inspired by his lifelong spirit of activism, his keen intellect, and his abiding concern for those without power or money.

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