The Township of Hemmingford is mourning the sudden loss of mayor Paul Viau, who passed away on May 11. The long-time mayor of the municipality also served as prefect for the MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville from 2013 to last November.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville described Mr. Viau as a man of his word with unfailing determination who believed strongly in the potential of the region. “We are thinking of the members of the municipal team in particular who worked with him on a daily basis and of the citizens of the Township of Hemmingford, for whom he had the greatest respect and who, today, have lost a beacon and an ardent advocate.”
During his many years in politics, Mr. Viau was involved in several organizations and projects at the municipal, MRC and regional level. Among other initiatives, he was president of the Table de concertation de la Montérégie and president of Concertation Horizon, an integrated regional consultative group supporting social development and educational success in the Montérégie-ouest.
Businesses, community groups and organizations expressed sadness and shock online as the news spread through the community yesterday. Politicians also reacted with messages expressing great sadness and respect for Mr. Viau and his implication at the local level.
Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle saluted his dedication to the community, saying she was grateful for all of his efforts toward the betterment of the region.
Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille wrote that she has “always had a deep respect and affection,” for Mr. Viau. “He was a dedicated mayor and a committed prefect, in particular when it came to social development. [He was] a man who was easy to work with.”
The staff of The Gleaner join all those in the region in offering our sincere condolences to Mr. Viau’s wife and family. (SR)