Michael Markilinski passed away over the weekend as a result of a car accident in Pittsburgh.
Following last night’s Ford City Borough Council meeting, Vice-President Tyson Klukan remembered his years of service to the community at large.
“Mike Markilinski was very community-minded. He helped out the community. He was a councilman, he was a school board member, he was a life member of the volunteer fire department, and he started the ambulance service. He was a great community leader. It is very unfortunate for a freak accident (to take place) like that.
“My condolences go out to his family, his kids, his friends.”
The accident occurred in Pittsburgh on the 10th Street Bypass under the 6th Street Bridge around 5:15 PM on Saturday, May 12.
Markilinski was known for his flamboyant writing and criticism of local issues including school consolidation. At one point, he called for state intervention in affairs at Lenape Tech. He coined the phrase “Pascal the Rascal” when describing local attorney/Leechburg politician Chuck Pascal. In 2009, he called upon Ford City Borough to adopt a plan for the former PPG property.
“I want to sit down with a committee from Council and negotiate a lease for that property that brings a different perspective to the table for its use,” he said during an interview on Family-Life TV’s Talk of the Town. “The issue is how we can move forward and make money for Ford City Borough,”
Because of his extreme views, Markilinski paid to have his columns printed in the Kittanning Paper. His columns are still available online at kittanningpaper.com by entering his name in the search bar.
Mr. Markilinski’s obituary appears on page 4 of today’s Kittanning Paper.