FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 2, 2020
TOWN OF DAVIE ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF FORMER MAYOR HARRY VENIS
DAVIE, Fla., - The Town of Davie regretfully announces that former Town of Davie Mayor Harry Venis passed away suddenly this morning.
Mr. Venis was the Town’s first elected mayor under the Town Council/Administrator form of government and served in this capacity from 1997 through 2003, while working as a Certified Public Accountant. Before serving as Mayor, he served on two advisory boards and was a Town Councilmember from 1994 through 1997.
He was a dedicated and beloved community leader who had a vision for Davie’s future and worked tirelessly to bring that to fruition. He was one of the driving forces behind the construction of the Town’s public safety complex on Nob Hill Road and expanding the parks and open spaces amenities in the Town.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Venis was known for his prompt responsiveness to residents and believed everyone had something valuable to contribute to the betterment of this community. His dedication and commitment to this Town were not only demonstrated while in office, but he was also an avid wrestler who utilized his talent and skills in the wrestling ring to raise money for the Davie Police Athletic League (PAL) and other charities. PAL later erected a dedication plaque outside the boxing room recognizing Mr. Venis’ philanthropic work.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and mentor Harry,” said Mayor Judy Paul. “Harry was an extraordinary man whose humble and fierce commitment to standing up for what’s right had a profound and long-lasting impact in our Town. To know him was to love him and understand the true power of commitment to improving our Town which he loved so dearly. He was a true public servant. I am heartbroken and send, on behalf of all the people of Davie, our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
In his honor, the Town will be flying its flags at half-mast from Monday, July 6, 2020 through Wednesday, July 8, 2020. At the July 29, 2020, Town Council Meeting, the Town of Davie will honor the life and memories of Harry Venis.
Details on the funeral service are currently unavailable. Mr. Venis leaves behind his wife Audrey, Harry Jr. and Kathleen Dale Schley and his entire loving family.
Article was updated on July 3, 2020
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator
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