Nanaimo has lost two former city councillors who served a combined 13 terms on council.
Mayor John Ruttan led a minute of silence at city council last week in memory of Ken Medland and Owen Kennedy. Both men died in July.
Medland served eight consecutive terms on council from 1968 to 1976. In 2008, the city recognized him and the rest of the Frank Ney-led 1975 council with Freedom of the City designation for their work during amalgamation of the city.
A pharmacist by trade, Medland was served as an executive for the Nanaimo Timbermen Senior A lacrosse team. He was also an avid curler. At age 86, he was the oldest player at the Nanaimo Curling Club's Family Bonspiel in March last year.
" He was a real sweetheart, an absolute sweetheart," said curling club manager Denise Woods.
"Curling was his passion," said daughter Dorina Medland. "He went to Scotland for the Strathcona Cup in 1998, and the Canadian contingent won that year." He also organized the Scottish team's visit to Nanaimo in 2003, she added.
Kennedy served five terms between 1981 and 1993, and unsuccessfully ram for the mayor's seat in 1984, along with the victorious candidate, Graeme Roberts. He also served as a representative for the district of Cedar.
Former city councillor Loyd Sherry was elected with Kennedy in November 1980, and served with him as a city representative the regional district board. The two councillors worked together on a committee tasked with selecting the first computer system for city hall, Sherry said.
"We differed on different issues, but when we got together and whenever we worked together, we worked as a team," Sherry said.
Kennedy died July 17 at age 86, according to an online obituary. Medland died July 24. He was 88.
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