Tony McClenny, the former mayor of Bethany Beach, died this morning at the age of 70.
He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January and died under hospice care.
McClenny left office earlier this year before beginning radium and chemotherapy treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
His wife Claudia said that he took to local government immediately after retirement and he loved it because of the people in the area
He served more than nine years as mayor.
There has been no announcement yet on a date for a memorial service.