FILE - ME Archie Verow, Maine Capitol

Maine state Rep. Arthur "Archie" Verow (inset)

Maine State Rep. Arthur "Archie" Verow, D-Brewer, who was serving his third term, passed away Dec. 19.

Brewer, 77, was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack, his daughter, Suzette Furrow, told the Bangor Daily News.

“It is with great sadness and gratitude for his lifelong contributions to our state that we grieve the passing of Representative “Archie” Verow,” Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement. “Archie was a passionate public servant who dedicated much of his life to the people of Brewer and the State of Maine, serving on Brewer’s City Council, as Mayor, and in the State Legislature.

"His commitment to the community and his tireless defense of Maine seniors will be sorely missed," Mills said. "Just [Dec. 18], I enjoyed his company at the Bangor Chamber of Commerce breakfast, and he was eager to discuss the upcoming legislative session. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his colleagues in the Legislature and with the people of Brewer during this difficult time.”

Before being elected to the House, Verow served at the municipal level for the city of Brewer, including two terms as mayor.

“I knew and worked with Archie for almost four decades,” Brewer City Manager Stephen Bost said in a statement posted on "He left an incredibly positive mark on our community, the quintessential public servant. He served for 40 years as City Clerk, went on to serve on the Brewer Council as Mayor, and then to the Maine Legislature. Archie was a friend who I will miss very much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fran and his family."

Verow is survived by his wife of 55 years, Fran, as well as a son, daughter and three granddaughters, Furrow said. He also had a daughter who predeceased him.

Furrow called her father a compassionate, kind and respected man who “never said a bad word about anyone.”

Verow used several slogans to apply various life circumstances, Furrow added. One was, “Life, be in it.” Another was, “Anything that’s easy isn’t worth it.”