City Council President Anna Verna lost her husband of 57 years over the weekend.
Severino Verna, Jr., 78, had suffered a stroke three years ago.
The longtime South Philadelphia funeral director had been a regular sight in City Hall during Verna's early days on Council, frequently driving her to work.
The couple, who had no children, were devoted to each other, aides to the Councilwoman said. "He was there every step of the way for her. He was very proud of her accomplishments," said Kathleen Murray, a senior adviser who knew Severino Verna since 1983.
Majority Leader Marian Tasco will fill in for the Council president this Thursday, which is the final day Council will meet before the summer break.