Longtime Fredericton councillor David Kelly dies after 7-year battle with brain tumour
HALIFAX – Longtime Fredericton councillor David Kelly passed away Saturday after a seven-year battle with a brain tumour.
In a statement, Mayor Brad Woodside called Kelly an “effective and well respected politician.”
“David was an excellent City Councillor and he represented the citizens of Silverwood and Garden Creek very well,” the statement read.
“Not only did he tirelessly champion the needs of his ward, but he worked hard to tackle the issues facing the city as a whole.”
Kelly was first elected to represent Ward 12 in 1999 and was in the middle of his fifth term as councillor when he died. He had recently taken a leave of absence due to his illness.
Over the years, Kelly was known for his love of volunteer work and time spent on various committees. In September, he was recognized as a Volunteer of Distinction by the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
The mayor said flags at municipal buildings will be flown at half-mast until Kelly’s funeral. A book of condolences will also be set at city hall for the public to sign until Oct. 31.
Kelly is survived by his wife, Kim, and a daughter.
David Kelly was 49.