Mayor’s Comments July 9th
It is hard to believe it is only a month since our last council meeting.
I would like to dedicate my comments this morning to Councillor Steve Bruce.
I have known of the Bruce family all of my life. They were neighbours and friends of my family. With Steve I had only a passing acquaintance. Steve went to school with my brothers.
When Steve ran for council he well knew the people he would represent and he was prepared to learn all that he could about the process and business of council.
Steve approached the council table with huge respect and that carried over into his dealings with other councillors and myself as Mayor.
Steve sat on many Committees and worked with each one of you. He brought a practical point of view to each and every situation. He would listen to anybody’s dream and try to find reconciliation between that and the real world we live in.
In Steve’s first year on council he was Chair of the 150th Anniversary Committee. I can tell you, few committees have as much fun as that one. He brought out the best in us all. Didn’t we have fun in those costumes and Steve found he really liked to dress up.
As late as our June meeting, Steve came to council looking like he had just stepped out of a band box and said that Rose made him wear the monkey suit because Bernice expected it. I’m suspicious that he had become far more comfortable in a suit and tie than he was willing to admit.
Steve was responsible for the wood burning stove in the Santa Claus Parade. How he talked Don into pulling our stove with a real fire in it, on our trailer behind our truck is still a mystery to me. But, you just knew that Steve could pull it off, stove pipe and all.
I will borrow some comments that you made to me.
Steve was a larger than life character that we are all going to miss.
His enthusiasm for life and heart warming smile will be missed.
Steve was community minded, a dedicated councilor, husband, friend, hard worker and most of all; a decent man.
Steve’s dedication and service to the community will long be remembered.
We mourn the loss of a gentle, humble man who did his part to better the community that he called home.
The Council, All Staff and myself are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend.
We will feel this loss every time that we meet and will strive to honour his memory.
Please join me for a moment of personal reflection.