John Abel shall be remembered for his ardour, humour and generosity.
The 64-year-old former Aurora deputy mayor and up to date mayoral candidate died at Southlake Regional Hospital after collapsing at his house. He’s survived by his spouse of 28 years, Tracy and his two youngsters.
“He was an exquisite one that has left us an exquisite legacy,” fellow councillor Sandra Humfreys stated as she leafed by footage of occasions they attended collectively. “He was an important politician however except for that he was a superb man with a giant coronary heart who liked his household and community.”
Over the eight years the two served collectively as councillors, she at all times knew she could be greeted with a smile, a joke and an upbeat perspective when seeing him at a gathering, occasion or simply round city.
“I’m in shock,” she stated. “It doesn’t appear actual. He and Tracy had been simply at the Legion on the weekend on the dance ground. They had been so trying ahead to the subsequent chapter of their lives.”
She feels his vibrant persona and caring nature drew individuals to him. Whether or not he was listening to a resident’s concern, taking part in at an occasion or volunteering for an area group his dedication to creating the greatest city to reside in shone by.
“He advised me his favorite second on this time period (of council) was the Tragically Hip tribute occasion he helped to arrange,” she stated. “After I requested why, he stated it was as a result of everybody was working collectively, councillors, household and community.”
Humfreys identified the loss received’t simply be felt by his expensive household, council members and the city however by the complete community.
He was the driving drive behind many city initiatives, concepts and options to points and he or she believes his legacy will reside on by merely taking a look at what exists in Aurora right this moment and the position he performed in making it occur.
“He particularly took pleasure in the Aurora Cultural Centre,” she stated. “He undoubtedly had a means of bringing individuals collectively to get one thing finished.”
For instance, he performed a significant position in renewing the contract with the Cultural Centre, helped convey collectively the now annual Magna Hoedown occasion for particular wants college students and the Aurora Blues Fest, simply to call a couple of.
He additionally overtly shared his love of music by taking part in guitar and singing at a quantity of occasions all through the years.
“I bear in mind doing Relay for Life and John would play his guitar and sing to maintain us awake,” Humfreys laughed. “That is really a loss for our community.”