His widow, Susan Geary, said his election "was not a surprise at all to me."
"The day he passed away, people were calling with condolences and saying, 'We're still voting for him,'" she said.
Geary, 55, was known for his straight talking and served on the local council. He polled 285 votes to his rival's 85.
Local business owners said the vote to elect Geary was as a protest against the current mayor, Barbara Brock.
"I knew he was deceased. I know that sounds stupid, but we wanted someone other than her," said Chris Rogers, owner of the town's Lunch Box restaurant.
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