Former Springhill mayor dead at 85

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The flag at Springhills town hall is at half staff following the passing of one of the communitys longest serving mayors.

Bill Mont, who served as mayor for just over 23 years, died early Wednesday. He was 85.

The flag at Springhills town hall is at half staff following the passing of one of the communitys 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 mayors chair. Mont was first elected mayor in 1966 and served continually until he was defeated in the 1980s. He returned to the mayors office in 2000 on a pledge to maintain the municipal police department and fix the towns ongoing water problems. He was a great man who always put Springhill first, Monts son, John, said. He was a stanch 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. For more on Mont's life and details on the funeral service, see Thursday's edition of the Amherst Daily News.

Organizations: Cumberland Centre, Royal Canadian Legion, Springhill Lions Club Springhill Baptist Church RCMP Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: Springhills

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