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Jul 18, 2023

District of Logan Lake mourns passing of Councillor Chris Candy

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Councillor Chris Candy on July 18, 2023.

Councillor Candy was first elected to Council in October 2022 but served as the Emergency Program Coordinator for the District of Logan Lake for 2 years prior to the election. Chris was a very active member of the Tremont Fire Response Team and put everything he had into protecting Logan Lake throughout the 2021 wildfires. Something for which the municipality will be forever grateful.

Councillor Candy cared deeply for the community and was a passionate advocate for public service. His previous roles included 13 years as Deputy Emergency Program Coordinator, BCEHS Primary Care Paramedic for 38 years, Air Evacuation Training, ALS Awareness and was the Assistant Logan Lake Search and Rescue Search Manager for 5 years.

Chris also worked for the BC Minister of Solicitor General as a Corrections Officer and Safety Representative for 6.5 years.

Councillor Candy was a pillar of our community who was a great colleague, friend and role model in his field. He championed many important causes throughout his career and will be remembered as a community supporter and kind soul with a great sense of humor and a quick wit. I have many fond memories of laughing with him as he recalled tales from his past and imparted wisdom on us for the future. He will be missed by all of us”, noted Mayor Robin Smith.

The flags at the District Office will remain lowered to recognize Councillor Candy’s passing. The flags were lowered on July 5th to honour the passing of previous Councillor Claire Newman. The District of Logan Lake has suffered intangible losses over the past few weeks.

Doug Wilson, Logan Lake Fire Chief, stated that “Chris was the Deputy Emergency Coordinator for Logan Lake from 2009 until 2022. He was very passionate about this roll, he was involved in the flooding here in Logan Lake in 2017 and also the Tremont Creek Wildfire in 2021. He stayed behind to help set up the E.O.C. including washing clothes for the firefighters and setting up the triage center here at the firehall for blisters and cuts, he also fed many of the pets that stayed behind.

During the flooding in Merritt and surrounding area in 2021 Chris set up the ESS team at the recreation center to help register and collect donation for those that where displaced. He was a mentor to me here at the firehall teaching me the ways through the Emergency Coordination roll.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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