John Slayman, a former long-term Williamsport mayor, passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.
For 20 years, Slayman served the town of Williamsport as Mayor. He also served as the Assistant Mayor and on the Town Council. Bill Green, the current Williamsport Mayor, says Slayman was truly dedicated to the town of Williamsport.
“He was always available for everybody. I couldn’t even name the numerous things that he’s done, helping residents everyway possible,” said Green.
Green says as a teen, he remembers Slayman being a mayor who truly listened to the youth in town.
“He actually went out and came to us. Hey what can we do? You know, what’s the problem and listened to everything we said. He listened to everybody in town,” said Green.
Outside of being the mayor, Slayman was a loving husband, father and grandparent.
“He was proud of his grandchildren. He had four grandchildren and those kids were the best thing for him. All day everyday, those kids were the best,” said Gretchen Bridendolph, one of Slayman’s daughters.
Slayman worked for General Motors in Martinsburg for more than 20 years before he retired in 1989. He was also a veteran who served during the Korean War.
“Dad was in the army. During the Korean conflict he was actually stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center. He was a corpsman and he was very proud of the work he did there,” said Bridendolph
While Slayman is gone, his legacy carries on. Green says Slayman’s impact was huge for the town of Williamsport.
“You’re not from Williamsport, if you don’t know him. There’s these huge shoes that you can’t even begin to try to fill. I try to do the best as I can,” said Green.