Longtime Gaithersburg council member dies


A beloved council member, serving Gaithersburg for more than 20 years, lost his battle with cancer Tuesday morning.

“I wanna get it right,” said John Schlichting, Director of Planning and Code Administration.

Friend and co-worker, John Schlichting said it’s hard to find the words to capture the impact Council Member Marraffa made on the city.

“In a world full of petulant politics, he was a grown-up, and he set a great example for the way we conduct business in our city,” said Jud Ashman, Mayor of Gaithersburg.

Marraffa served on the Board of Appeals, Planning Commission and City Council, first elected back in 1995.

“Henry’s biggest passion was economic development,” said Ashman.

A business owner himself, Marraffa helped spearhead a number of projects like Crown, Rio and Kentlands, but perhaps what stands out the most to the people of Gaithersburg is the kind of person Henry Marraffa was.

“He was one of the happiest men I’ve ever known,” said Schlichting.

Schlichting credits that to how he shared his life with everyone he came across.

“There’s a lot to be said for that,” said Schlicting.

Henry Marraffa was a frequent volunteer here at the Wells-Robertson House, a transitional home for homeless.

He was known for holding cook-outs and sharing laughs.

Schlichting said he just learned of Marraffa’s longtime involvement with the Wells-Robertson House.

“That’s an example of Henry,” said Schlichting. “He contributed all of this without anyone knowing about it.”

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