January 16, 2018

 Statement by Mayor Bonnie Crombie on the Passing of Ward 1 Councillor, Jim Tovey

“Mississauga has lost one of its greatest champions today.

“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I learned last night of the sudden passing of Mississauga Ward 1 City Councillor, Jim Tovey.

“I join Council and staff, as well as all residents of our city in sending our thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family during this difficult time. We will do everything we can to support his family, staff, and friends throughout this challenging time.

“A condolence book will be set up at City Hall for residents to pay their respects and remember our friend and colleague. As well, flags at all City of Mississauga facilities will be lowered to half-mast in honour of Jim’s life.

“Jim was a loving husband to Lee, father to Daniel and a grandfather. He was a friend to all those who met him and the passionate leader of Ward “1-der-ful.” Jim was a community builder whose legacy will live on through the growth and redevelopment of the waterfront, in particular the revitalization of Port Credit and the development of the Lakeview Lands. A more ardent defender of the Great Lakes you will not find, Jim led the charge to protect our waterfront and our waterways for future generations. He was a committed member of the Mississauga community his entire life, being named the Mississauga Citizen of the Year in 2009. Elected to Council in 2010, Jim picked up where he left off as a citizen and began changing his ward and our City for the better.

“On a personal note, like so many, I came to count Jim among my good friends. It was an honour to work with and learn from Jim for the past 6 years. He was always there in your time of need, ready to lend a hand, and never afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. Jim had a great sense of humour and always looked for the positive in every issue or challenge. He did not accept that something could not be done, but always looked for innovative ways to make the world a better place. I know I join staff at the City and my colleagues on Council in stating just how much we will miss his energy, tenacity, and thoughtful input around the Council table.

“Jim Tovey truly made Mississauga better.

“Funeral arrangements will be determined in the days to come. At this time, I ask that the privacy of the Tovey family be respected.

“Jim, you are forever in our hearts and your work will live on for generations to come.”