Springhill bids farewell to former mayor

Darrell Cole
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SPRINGHILL - The flag at Springhill's town hall is at half staff following the passing of one of the community's longest serving mayors.

SPRINGHILL - The flag at Springhill's town hall is at half staff following the passing of one of the community's longest serving mayors.

Bill Mont, who served as mayor for just over 23 years, died early Wednesday. He was 85. Only A.B. Wilson served longer as mayor, leading the town for 24 years - six months longer than Mont.

"Springhill has lost a great friend. He was a great mayor who did a lot of great things for his community," Mayor Guy Brown said in paying tribute to the man who preceded him in the mayor's chair.

Mont was first elected mayor in 1966 and served continually until he was defeated in the 1980s. He returned to the mayor's office in 2000 on a pledge to maintain the municipal police department and fix the town's ongoing water problems.

"He was a great man who always put Springhill first," Mont's son, John, said. "He was a staunch defender of Springhill."

Besides his career in politics, Mont was a avid supporter of the Cumberland Centre and Cumberland South Liberal associations, Royal Canadian Legion, the Knights of Pythias, the Springhill Lions Club and the Springhill Baptist Church. Mont served with the RCMP and was a Second World War veteran.

He was mayor in 1975 when a fire ravaged the downtown core including town hall. He oversaw the rebuilding of town hall and the development of the Elm Street Medical Centre.

Longtime friend John Henderson remembers Mont as someone who cared a lot about his community and someone who showed him the ropes when he was first elected to town council.

"I remember when I was first elected to council I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder and didn't get along with the (town) clerk. Bill called me into his office and told me if I was going to make it as a councillor I would have to settle down," Henderson said. "We developed a friendship that lasted for years. He was a great man and a gentleman among gentlemen."

Mont was also active with both the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

It was during his final term as mayor that the former arena collapsed. He worked with a community committee to replace the arena with the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Springhill Baptist Church.


Organizations: Baptist Church, Cumberland Centre, Royal Canadian Legion Springhill Lions Club RCMP Elm Street Medical Centre Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Federation of Canadian Municipalities Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

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  • Al
    January 18, 2010 - 10:44

    God Bless his memory.

    Well done thou good and faithfull servant.