Marcel Beaudry, the former chairman of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa and ex-mayor of Hull, Que., has died. (QMI Agency File)
Marcel Beaudry, the former chairman of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa and ex-mayor of Hull, Que., has died.
A lawyer by trade, Beaudry served as Hull’s mayor briefly before taking up a 14-year role heading up the NCC, which maintains federal property in and around Ottawa, between 1992 and 2007.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said he appreciated Beaudry.
“He was a dedicated public servant who loved his city and the National Capital Region,” said Watson on Twitter. “His imprint on our community will last a long time.”
Local MP and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who is also responsible for the NCC in federal cabinet, spoke highly of Beaudry.
“As chair of the National Capital Commission, he sought to share his passion for the capital with all Canadians and visitors from around the world,” said Baird in a statement. “His list of accomplishments is long, and his legacy will be lasting.”
Baird also added a personal note on the former NCC chairman’s character.
“To those who knew Marcel and those who had the privilege of working with him, we recognize that we have lost a friend, community builder and a great Canadian,” said Baird. “May we never forget Marcel, and what he stood for: Service, strength and family.”
Reports indicate Beaudry passed away early Friday in Montreal.