ONEIDA, N.Y. -- People are mourning in Oneida as the city pays its respects to Mayor Don Hudson.
The 56-year-old died after a long battle with skin cancer. He also served as the city's fire chief for years.
Oneida was decorated with blue ribbons before Hudson's funeral Wednesday. Friends and former co-workers say the ribbons are meant to memorialize Hudson's favorite color.
Mourners said they will remember a lot of things about Hudson, especially his character.
"The (sic) favorite thing I liked about the chief was that he was a stand up guy and would offer to lend a hand and his humor. His humor was always helpful in any situation to pick people up or help them through something or just make a good time a better time," Deputy Chief Rob Cowles said.
Purple bunting will also be on display at the Oneida Fire Department in honor of their former chief.