Pugwash area mourns loss of former councillor

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Langille died Saturday in hospital

Kathy Langille

PUGWASH – The Municipality of Cumberland is morning the passing of one of its former councillors.

Kathy Langille, 60, died Saturday at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

Langille, the former village clerk in Pugwash, was the District 4 representative from 1994 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2008.

She ran unsuccessfully in last fall’s municipal election losing the District 5 race to Lynne Welton.

“There was no doubting Kathy’s passion for her community,” longtime former councillor Gerald Read said Tuesday. “Pugwash was always in her heart when it came to working on municipal council.”

Langille was very active in politics. Besides serving on municipal council, she also ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in a provincial election against then Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Ernest Fage.

In Pugwash, Langille lobbied successfully for the repaving of the village’s streets and obtained the funding to pave the library parking lot. She was also active in waterfront development and helped bring the HMCS Kingston and the Bluenose II to Pugwash Harbour.

She was also a vocal opponent of a proposed wind farm for the Gulf Shore area.

Warden Keith Hunter remembers Langille as a decided advocate for her district.

“She was very conscientious and had her constituency in mind when it came to making decisions on council,” the warden said. “She was very easy to work with and always had a smile. It’s a very sad day to see her go.”

Allison Gillis, who defeated Langille in the 2008 municipal election, said the Pugwash area lost a big supporter with her passing.

“I didn’t really know her when she was on council, but I know she was very active in the community with the legion and the village commission,” Gillis said.

Visiting hours were Tuesday. The funeral is set for 2 p.m. today at Mundle’s Funeral Home in Pugwash with Rev. Connie McNamara officiating.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Canadian Diabetes Association

Geographic location: Pugwash

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  • Jennifer
    August 26, 2013 - 12:39

    Kathy was my son's grandmother - he adored her to no end. She was everything he looked forward to when visiting Pugwash, going to see "Nanny Kathy". It is a great loss to her family. She is and will always be missed desperately.