January 15th, 2021

COVID claims life of Pincher Creek councillor in December

By Herald on January 12, 2021.

Greg Bobinec
Lethbridge Herald
The Town of Pincher Creek is mourning the loss of their councillor Sussanne O’Rourke, who passed away Dec. 18 from health complications after contacting COVID-19.
In a statement released through the town’s social media accounts, it stated the O’Rourke was an upstanding councillor and a strong advocate for low-income families in the area.
“Councillor O’Rourke was a valued member of council, and her perspective and humour will be greatly missed at the council table. O’Rourke was driven to be a voice for the people and an advocate for low-income families. She was passionate about her community and gave her time not just to council but to many community organizations,” read the announcement.
Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg also released a statement virtually following the announcement, stating that O’Rourke will always be remembered for her dedication and passion for the community.
“Sussanne was a passionate member of council, and will be greatly missed. I want to express my condolences to her husband Blaise, and all her family,” says Anderberg.
“Sussanne was an avid community advocate, and was strongly committed to sharing the voices of so many residents. She chose to run for council so that she could direct energy towards young families and affordable housing.”
Anderberg said her death left many in the town and office at a loss for words after the amount of time spent together at the council table and throughout the community over the years.
“We may not always have seen eye-to-eye on issues, but her determination to support her fellow resident was admirable,” says Anderberg. “She had a passion for life and could often be heard chuckling in the council chambers. She will be remembered for her commitment and passion for Pincher Creek. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to call Sussanne a fellow councillor and friend.”
The flag at the Town Office was lowered in honour of councillor O’Rourke and a moment of silence was held in her member at the Town Council meeting on January 6. Donations in O’Rourke’s memory can be donated to the Pincher Creek Humane Society where she volunteered regularly.
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