LASALLE, QC, March 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - LaSalle Mayor Manon Barbe and
the members of Borough Council sadly announce the loss of their
colleague, Ross Blackhurst. "It is with profound emotion that I learned
of Ross Blackhurst's passing. I am losing not only a member of my
Council and a 'fellow traveller' for the past many years, but also a
friend," commented LaSalle Mayor Manon Barbe. "When I was first elected
to office back in 1995, Ross Blackhurst had already been a Councillor
here for eight years. I will always cherish the memory of his
passionate efforts in defending the matters at hand, his perseverance
and his determination—which made it possible to bring numerous projects
to a successful conclusion, and his concern for being a Councillor who
truly served our residents' interests. And the residents in his
district always appreciated that quality of his, electing him seven
times to represent them on Council," added Mayor Barbe.
Ross Blackhurst was voted in Councillor of the city of LaSalle in the
elections of 1987, 1991, 1995 and 1999. He served as a member of the
city of LaSalle's Executive Committee for eight years and continued on
as Councillor until the new city of Montréal was created on January 1,
2002. Voted in as Borough Councillor for the Sault-Saint-Louis district
in the November 2005 elections, he was then re-elected to this office
in 2009. Appointed Acting Mayor a number of times, Ross Blackhurst was
a member of the urban planning advisory committee, the traffic
committee and the ad hoc snow committee, in addition to being
responsible for sports-related matters in our borough. He moreover sat
on the Board of Directors of Développement économique LaSalle.
Councillor Blackhurst was an ardent defender of all matters relating to
sports, in particular, but also to leisure activities, community
development and parks. He was very committed to the realization of
almost all the major sports facilities in LaSalle, including the
Aquadôme aquatic complex, the Keith-Ewenson football stadium, the
synthetic turf soccer field, the Fritz-R.-Prévost athletics track and
the upgrading of the two arenas. Mr. Blackhurst was a retired employee
of the Canadian National Railway Company.
Funeral and tributes
Ross Blackhurst passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Royal
Victoria Hospital, at the age of 72. He is mourned by his wife
Pierrette Auger Blackhurst, his son Patrick Blackhurst and their
family. Visitation will be held at Complexe funéraire Yves Légaré, 7200
boulevard Newman in LaSalle, on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March
19, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Funeral service will take
place at St. John Brébeuf Parish, 7777 rue George in LaSalle, at
10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Residents who would like to pay tribute to Ross Blackhurst may sign a
commemorative book at LaSalle Borough Hall, 55 avenue Dupras, March
18-21 and March 25-28, Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This book will then be presented to his family.
As a token of expression of the loss mourned by the entire LaSalle
community, the Council members have ordered the flags in front of the
Borough's municipal buildings to be flown at half-mast until the day
after the funeral. A tribute will be held for Councillor Blackhurst at
the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, April 2.
The Mayor of LaSalle, Council members, Management and all Borough
employees wish to extend their most heartfelt condolences to Mr.
Blackhurst's family and other loved ones.
SOURCE: Arrondissement de LaSalle
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