FOLEY – Foley offices will close at noon Thursday in recognition of the long-time service of former Mayor John Koniar, who died Friday, March 22.

Funeral services for the former mayor will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Foley. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday followed by services. A graveside service will be at Pine Rest Cemetery in Foley immediately following the church service.

Mayor Ralph Hellmich, who was elected to the office after Koniar retired in 2020, said his predecessor set an example for all officials and citizens of Foley.

“Mayor Koniar’s service to our city over 40 years was second to none,” Hellmich said. “With honor, caring and integrity he helped lead our city to be as progressive as we are now.  He cared greatly for our employees and placed our citizens first.  We all offer our condolences to his family and will honor him Thursday for his outstanding service to Foley.”

Koniar served as mayor from 2006 until 2020. Before becoming mayor, he was elected to the Foley City Council in 1980 and became mayor pro tem in 1996.

Some civic achievements in Foley during Koniar’s tenure as mayor included the construction of the Alabama 59 pedestrian bridge, the creation of the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Foley Depot Museum and Archives, OWA Amusement Park, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, the Foley Event Center and the expansion of Sports Tourism.

Koniar also served on the Riviera Utilities Board for 14 years.

Koniar is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda, and their sons John Todd Koniar of Magnolia Springs; Robert Thomas Koniar of Lewisville, Texas; daughter, Mell Koniar Davis of Foley; five grandchildren and other relatives.