Dick Foley, a former state representative from Oxford who served as chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party and was an adviser to several governors and would-be governors, died Saturday at his home.
Although he had health problems at times through the years, Foley’s death at age 71 stunned his friends and colleagues in state politics.
Foley was “a Republican senior statesman,” dispensing advice and support to generations of candidates and party officials, said J.R. Romano, the current chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party.
“He had a wealth of knowledge and always delivered it with a quick wit,” Romano said. “His loss will be deeply felt around the party.”