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Community bids a final farewell to city councillor, former Capreol mayor Dave Kilgour

70-year-old passed away in his sleep on July 9
Friends, family and community leaders gathered at Our Lady of Peace Church in Capreol today to bid a final farewell to Dave Kilgour, former municipal councillor and the last mayor of the Town of Capreol. (Heather Green-Oliver/

Community leaders, friends and family gathered at Our Lady of Peace Church in Capreol this morning to bid a final farewell to the community’s last mayor.

Dave Kilgour passed away in his sleep at his family’s camp on Ella Lake on July 9. He was 70 years old.

A teacher by training, his obituary mentioned Kilgour’s pride in his former students’ accomplishments.

“Dave was very proud of the accomplishments and successes of former students, and would often reminisce as he watched them fulfill their potential throughout their lives,” his obituary reads.

Kilgour served as mayor of Capreol from 1997-2000. He returned to municipal politics in 2010, when he won the election for councillor in Ward 7. He sought re-election in 2014, but was defeated by Mike Jakubo.

Fellow politicians praised Kilgour for his community-mindedness, his tireless public service, his love for his family and his vision.

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré said with Kilgour’s passing, Nickel Belt lost one of its biggest advocates.

“It was an honor to know Dave,” Serré wrote. “He was a great confidant and collaborator with a great passion for his community. Dave was a man of integrity who always put the best interests of citizens first. He wanted nothing more than to bring growth and opportunity to Greater Sudbury. 

“I am grateful to have had his support and will miss our periodic conversations. Rest well my good Friend, you will be greatly missed.”

Kilgour leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Jeannie (Wojciechowski); his children, Brett (Angie) and Scott (Lindsey); his grandchildren Sophie, Paige and Evelyn; and his siblings Sandy (Rick) Komhyr, and Leslie (Tim) Carr.