NORTH AURORA – Longtime North Aurora village trustee Max Herwig is being remembered for his love of North Aurora.
“He really cared about North Aurora,” North Aurora Fire Chief Steve Miller said Thursday. “I just liked his desire to serve. He stepped right up to the plate and helped where he could.”
Herwig, of North Aurora, died suddenly Tuesday at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was 67.
He was a North Aurora trustee for more than 10 years, and was interim village president from December 2004 until April 2005, when Mark Ruby stepped down from the post after moving from the village.
The North Aurora Lions Club in 2012 presented Herwig with the North Auroran of the Year award.
Herwig also was chairman of the North Aurora Days Committee for many years. The committee is in charge of organizing the summer festival.
Miller and Herwig had worked together in organizing North Aurora Days.
“He would go over and above for North Aurora Days, and the Village Board,” Miller said.
North Aurora Village Trustee Mark Gaffino served with Herwig on the board.
“I spent four years sitting next to him at Village Board meetings,” Gaffino said. “He gave good advice.”
Gaffino, who has been the North Aurora Days Committee chairman for the past few years, saw Herwig last week at a committee meeting.
“He will be missed,” Gaffino said. “He loved North Aurora like the rest of us.”
North Aurora Village President Dale Berman was a longtime neighbor of Herwig, and had known him since the 1960s.
“It’s a shame,” Berman said. “He was a good volunteer. He worked hard.”
Herwig also had a love for animals. He was a volunteer with Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets. He also served on the board of directors for the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn and maintained the facility.
“His love for animals was overwhelming,” said Andrea Krueger, a fellow Fox Valley Wildlife Center board member.