Moving and beautiful.
That's how Mayor Don Darling describes yesterday's funeral service for Mel Vincent — the longest serving city councillor in Saint John's history.
"I know I've never been to a funeral before where 15 pews were reserved for family, that's how big the family is," says Darling. "To see the many members of the choir who were family members singing the tribute with tears streaming down, it was a very moving and beautiful service."
Vincent, who served on Common Council for 30 years, died last week at the age of 77.
"Knowing what I know in 19 or so months, to think that Mr. Vincent sat here for 30 years is remarkable," says Darling.
Vincent was a member of the PC Party of New Brunswick and retired from the provincial Fire Marshall's office in 1997.
Deputy Mayor Shirley McAlary says Vincent was a very loyal councillor and loved what he did for 30 years.
"Mel was very conscientious and he always visited a lot of the citizens and really paid attention to their issues," she says.