Former Mesa Mayor and WWII hero Wayne Pomeroy dies at 96

Wayne Pomeroy / East Valley Tribune

By Joshua Bowling | Arizona Republic

Former Mesa Mayor and WWII veteran Wayne Pomeroy died at 96

He received the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal for his actions in WWII

His family has owned and operated the Pomeroy’s Men’s and Missionary Store downtown for 68 years

Former Mesa Mayor and WWII veteran Wayne Pomeroy died Wednesday at the age of 96.

“He was a real hero of mine,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, who served on the City Council with Pomeroy in the late 1990s. “He was just this wonderful, iconic, charming man.”

Giles shared a connection with Pomeroy for decades. When Giles was a senior at Westwood High School in 1978, he was part of then-Mayor Pomeroy’s youth council. The connection didn’t stop there. Giles’ mother was cousins with Pomeroy’s wife, Cecil.

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