The former socialist mayor of Gavà Dídac Pestaña, who was in charge of the consistory for 20 years, died this weekend, as reported by the mayor of the municipality, Gemma Badia.
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Born in 1958 in this Barcelona town, Pestaña, one of the historical leaders of the PSC in the Baix Llobregat region, was mayor of Gavà between 1985 and 2005, deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia during the VIII legislature and vice president of Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB) between 2011 and 2015.
In 1983 he was elected mayor of the City Council by the PSC and two years later he obtained the leadership of the city by relieving Antonio Rodríguez, who resigned from his position. He would remain 20 years at the head of the consistory of his city. His time in the Parliament was brief – barely two months in 2010 – and in 2011 he became vice president of TMB. In the PSC he became regional secretary of the powerful Baix Llobregat federation, the hotbed of prominent socialist leaders (including the former president of the Generalitat José Montilla).
“The mayor of our city, Dídac Pestaña, has died. A great loss for Gavà, where he left an extraordinary legacy. With a deep feeling of sadness and gratitude at the same time, I want to convey my condolences to the family. Rest in peace “, has indicated the current mayor of Gavà in a message on her Twitter account.
“Comrade Dídac Pestaña, mayor of Gavà between 1985 and 2005 and deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia in the 8th legislature has left us. My condolences and that of the entire PSC to family and friends. May the earth be light to you, comrade “, said the leader of the PSC, Salvador Illa. The Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, or the mayor of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and president of the Barcelona Provincial Council, Núria Marín, have also joined in the condolences.
The Gavà City Council has decreed two days of mourning and until next Wednesday the flags of the official buildings will fly at half-staff.