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Long-time Gravenhurst councillor passes away

The Town of Gravenhurst lowered its flag to half-staff to honour six-term councillor Bob Colhoun, who passed away last week. 

The 85-year-old’s obituary says he passed away peacefully with his daughter and his son and daughter in-laws by his side.

Colhoun served as a Gravenhurst councillor between 1997 and 2018.

“I served many years on district council with Bob Colhoun,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Scott Aitchison. “I always enjoyed working with him too. Rest in peace Bob and thank you for your service to the people of Gravenhurst and all Muskoka.”

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“Bob was a great councillor and a wonderful colleague for many years,” added MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka Graydon Smith. “A great laugh and I loved working with him. Condolences to his family, friends and those who will miss him. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Gravenhurst Mayor Heidi Lorenz says Colhoun was a “pillar of the community” adding that prior to becoming a councillor he was a firefighter. “He was community-oriented at heart,” she says.

Lorenz was first elected to council in 2010. “(Colhoun) was one of many people I had been watching for the last couple of terms and had admired,” she says. 

Lorenz adds she last saw Colhoun just over a month ago in Severn Bridge. “Although he had moved out of the community, he was always coming back and still supporting the community that he had served for so long.”

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