Gone but not forgotten

We lost two Brians in one week. Brian Rosche and Brian Pitcairn. Both came from points east to make a career in the Lesser Slave Lake area of Alberta and spent over 40 years contributing in various ways to their communities – not the least of which was in the roles of husbands and fathers and grandfathers. Both were avid readers and supporters of the public library, among many other things. Both were opinionated and more than willing to tell you what they thought of what was going on or not going on. One was a pilot and business manager and long-term municipal councillor. The other was a schoolteacher turned administrator for various First Nations in the area. Both had health problems that contributed to them not getting out of their sixties. Both were strongly in favour of economic development and spoke up for it and worked for it in their respective fields. Pitcairn was a lifelong conservative and would have been delighted to see Erin O’Toole become leader of the federal Tories. He missed it by a day or two.

Both men were friends of The Leader and always willing to contribute in the way of comments on local issues or submit letters to the editor. We salute them both and offer condolences to their families. Their passing leaves a couple of large holes in the community that will be hard to fill. Maybe impossible.

And those are just two of the people who have passed on recently. We write about them because we knew them. Others probably deserve mentioning just as much. Please feel free to let us know.

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