A trio of Queens elected officials on Monday paid respects to the late Democratic former Sen. George Onorato, who died on Saturday.

“George Onorato will always be part of the fabric of western Queens,” said Sen. Mike Gianaris, a Queens Democrat who succeeded Onorato in the chamber. “He dedicated his long and happy life to serving others and making the communities he represented better places to live. George Onorato served our country, our state and our neighborhoods in a way that made a positive difference in people’s lives. I will miss him. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.”

Onorato was first elected to the Senate in 1982 and retired in 2010, and served as Labor Committee chairman during the Democrat’s brief stint in the majority.

“This community has lost a beloved leader and friend,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas in the same statement. “George Onorato served our community with distinction for decades. George’s love of his family and this community are an inspiration. May his memory be eternal.”

Council Member Costa Constantinides added: “I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Senator George Onorato. He served our community with distinction and will be remembered by many of us. I give my condolences to his family and wish them peace during this trying time.”

Updated: Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos adds his voice to those paying tribute to Onorato.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former State Senator George Onorato. While serving in the Senate for 27 years, George was a dear friend to members on both sides of the aisle. A lifelong resident of Queens, he was a true advocate for his community and constituents. He will be deeply missed by his friends in the Senate and the residents of Queens.”

… as has Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Senator George Onorato. As a former colleague in the Democratic Conference, Senator Onorato was a gentleman and someone whom I admired. He was a committed public servant to his lifelong neighbors in Queens and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his children, grandchildren and loved ones.”