Former Greater Sudbury city councillor and Mayor of the Town of Capreol, Dave Kilgour, has died, according to reports on social media.
Details surrounding Kilgour's death were not immediately available however at least three city councillors posted messages of condolences on Facebook this afternoon.
“Sad at the passing of another community leader who will not be forgotten by the residents of Greater Sudbury,” Ward 10 Coun. Fern Cormier wrote. “Dave Kilgour always made time to chat, had a great sense of humour and cared deeply for our community. All who knew him will always remember him fondly.”
Cormier told Sudbury.com that council was notified of Kilgour's passing in an email from Ward 7 Coun. Mike Jakubo, but no details were provided.
"I know that Dave worked tirelessly for the best interests of Capreol, the City of Greater Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario through his decades of public service," Jakubo wrote on Facebook. "Whether you agreed with his political views or not, I know that Dave was always seen as the voice of reason at the council table, in committee meetings and in his endless hours of work on community boards, none closer to his heart than the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre and Foundation in Capreol.
"On behalf of all the people of Ward 7, I want to say thank you to Dave one last time for a lifetime of service to his community!"
Kilgour was no stranger to municipal politics, having first served as a councillor and mayor for the Town of Capreol, then as a regional councillor and finally as councillor in the amalgamated City of Greater Sudbury.
He last served as Ward 7 Coun. from 2010 to 2014. He sought re-election in the 2014 municipal election but was defeated by Jakubo.
In 2012, Kilgour stood as a witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources, where he testified in favour of Greater Sudbury playing a significant role in the development of the Ring of Fire.
Cliffs Natural Resources would later announce its intent to build a $1.8-billion smelter complex in Kilgour's Capreol riding, however that project has yet to materialize.
In 2013, Kilgour was elected to the board of directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
More to come.