Former Fairfield mayor Anwar Khoshaba has died aged 78.
Anwar, the first elected Australian Assyrian mayor, served on Fairfield Council from 1991 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012, when he retired.
He was mayor on three occasions (1997-1998, 1999-2000 and 2001-2002) and also served as deputy mayor on three occasions.
In 2002 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Assyrian community and local government. He was also awarded the honour of Emeritus Mayor by the then Local Government Association of NSW (now Local Government NSW), in recognition of his service.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said Anwar's contribution to Fairfield will be remembered for "years to come."
"He was passionate about making a difference for many of the community groups, local clubs, sporting groups and church groups in the area," Mr Carbone said.
"He is well known for dedicating his time to helping locals and he is very well respected in the local, national and international Assyrian community.
"I pay his wife and family my deepest respects and condolences on this sad occasion."
He is survived his wife Athour and three children, current serving councillor Ninos, Rhonda and Frank.