A longtime Champlain Township councillor has died. Councillor Jacques Lacelle passed away on October 3, at the age of 71.

“On behalf of the Council and all Champlain staff, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his friends and family,” said Mayor Normand Riopel. “Jacques was a valued member of council and a true community leader. His presence will be missed throughout the community by friends, family and residents.”

Lacelle served as Councillor for L’Orignal from November of 2011 until now. He was just short of a few months to complete his third term as councillor with Champlain Township.

In his professional career, Lacelle worked at Ivaco Rolling Mills for 30 years, performing different functions in the plant and the offices. Community volunteer service was an integral part of his life, and the community would be a far lesser place if it were not for his contributions as the President of L’Orignal Food Bank in 2016, where he organized many successful fundraisers such as golf tournaments and community garage sales.

As a resident of L’Orignal for 25 years and councillor for 12 years, Lacelle contributed time and energy to many causes, helping people, taking part in community events such as winter carnivals, Canada Day, Christmas gift baskets for families in need, just to name a few.

Flags at municipal offices have been lowered half-mast to honour the passing and legacy of Councillor Jacques Lacelle. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 14, at 2 p.m. at Paroisse St-Jean Baptiste (1057 Queen St, L’Orignal). Sympathy will be taken at 1:30 p.m. by the family. Further details regarding arrangements will be available on the website of Funeral Home Desforges.