Joan Feehan, who in the 1970s pushed for the incorporation of La Cañada Flintridge and later served three terms as its mayor, died Tuesday night, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
The former mayor and her husband, Vince, had sold their Hampstead Road home in recent years and relocated to Tustin.
Feehan is credited with taking leadership on numerous city projects, said Pat Anderson, president and chief executive of the chamber, who announced Feehan's passing in an emailed business bulletin. “Probably the most visible [of those projects] are the bus benches, covered and not covered, that we enjoy today,” Anderson said. “Joan was very active and loved serving this city. She will be missed.”
Feehan was active in the local schools' PTAs, the Trails Council and in the Assistance League of Flintridge. She and her husband were also strong supporters of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. and members of St. George's Episcopal Church. In 1997 she was feted by the La Cañada Kiwanis Club as La Cañadan of the Year.
In 2007, Feehan joined other former mayors of the city to mark the installation of plaques that were installed in their honor at Mayors' Discovery Park. She told the Valley Sun then that it was a “surreal” feeling to see a plaque with her name installed in a public place. “You go to places all your life and see people's names on monuments, and then all of the sudden there you are,” she said, adding that she was especially happy for her grandchildren's sake. “They'll have an identification with the city, and they can say ‘that was my grandma.'”
Anderson said no services have yet been announced.