Republican Registrar of Voters Robert Lasprogato died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, where he had been hospitalized for several weeks following a heart-related illness.

Lasprogato, 71, had been the GOP registrar of voters since 2010, and previously served as a selectman from April 2006 to November 2009.

"With the death of Bob Lasprogato, Westport has lost not only a highly respected public servant, but a man who made it his life calling to help others," First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a statement Tuesday. "Bob's community volunteerism and involvement in many civic activities was legendary. He used his talents in music, the theater, and broadcasting to aid and promote many worthy causes that will miss his presence."

Lasprogato was well known outside political circles, too, noted Westport News columnist Dan Woog.

He was a radio announcer, a drummer with the Uptown Jazz group, a Westport Community Theatre actor and a Sunrise Rotary volunteer. He previously worked as a media manager for an advertising agency.

"Our deepest condolences to Joan and family," Joseloff's statement said. "Bob left a lasting mark on Westport that will ensure his community spirit continues."

Lasprogato moved to Westport in 1990. He and his wife had four children between them and seven grandchildren.

In a 2011 interview with Westport News, Lasprogato was asked what brings him his greatest joy, and he said, "Playing a concert with my band or any band. Being with my wife and traveling together."