Amherst mourns passing of first female mayor

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Gouchie died early Friday

Amherst's first female mayor, Joyce Gouchie, died early Friday at the age of 80. She worked 30 years with MT&T and spent 14 years on town council before becoming mayor in 1994.

Amherst’s first female mayor, Joyce Gouchie, passed away early Fridy at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Gouchie, who spent 14 years on town council, served as mayor between 1994 and 1997.

AMHERST – Amherst’s first female mayor has died.

Joyce Gouchie died early Friday at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. She was 80 years old.

Gouchie was a town councillor for 14 years and ran for mayor upon the retirement of Walter Purdy in 1994 and defeated businessman Bob Janes and the late Francis Soontiens to become Amherst’s first woman mayor.

Gouchie, who worked for 30 years with MT&T, disappeared from public life to spend time with her famiy after she was defeated in the 1997 election by Jerry Hallee, who would go on to serve three terms.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home. There will be no public visitation or funeral, but donations in her memory can be made to a charity of choice.

Condolences and sharing of memories can be made to the family via .



Organizations: Cumberland

Geographic location: Amherst

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  • bill blakeney
    July 20, 2014 - 15:49

    my deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to the family, back in the day when I was an employee of the Town of Amherst, in August of 1997 my father passed away in PEI, at the time of the funeral Joyce dressed in her best Town of Amherst garb along with Deputy Chief Jack Ripley attended the funeral, people have no idea how much this met to me and my family, there were so many comments made by my family and people attending the funeral that the Mayor of Amherst and the Deputy would attend this funeral , Joyce and Jack even had the time to attend my family home talking with family members and mingling among with family and friends, this act of kindess will never be forgotten, may you Joyce, Jack, Dorren rest in peace