Leo J. McCabe, 87, retired Mobil Oil executive and former mayor of Glassboro

Leo J. McCabe, 87, a retired senior consultant at Mobil Oil and the former mayor of Glassboro, died Sunday.

“Leo J. McCabe will be remembered as a mayor whose vision and energy helped Glassboro evolve,” said borough spokesman Lavon Phillips.

Mr. McCabe, a Glassboro resident since 1962, began his tenure as a public servant by joining the Glassboro planning board in 1964.

He served on the Glassboro Board of Education from 1973 to 1992 and was president of the Glassboro education foundation from 1998 to 2001.

But his influence was felt most strongly when he was elected mayor on the Democratic ticket. He took the reins as mayor in 2002 and served four terms until stepping down in May 2018.

Mr. McCabe helped Glassboro, a small borough which had needed redevelopment since 2000, achieve a comeback, Phillips said in the statement. It’s now a livable, thriving small city, he said.