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Former Kelowna Mayor Jim Stuart has died

The Bear sculpture graces the park named in honour of former Kelowna Mayor Jim Stuart.
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March 23, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Longtime Kelowna Mayor Jim Stuart has died at the age of 84.

Flags are at half-mast today, March 23, at Kelowna City Hall in honour of the former Mayor.

Stuart was mayor from 1986 through 1996 during an unprecedented growth spurt for the City, according to a City of Kelowna media release. He also served as regional district chair from 1975 to 1990 and was on the board for 29 years.

The City does not say when he died.

“As Kelowna goes through another extended period of expansion, I can imagine the pressures and the forethought Mayor Stuart needed to call upon to steer the City from its past to its future,”  Mayor Colin Basran said in the news release.

“Change is never easy, and Mayor Stuart guided the City through probably its biggest shift ever. I know it must have been difficult for him, but he always had the best interests of the City in mind and he guided his council through many difficult decisions and directions.”

The City of Kelowna honoured him by building Stuart Park.

"He was awarded the City of Kelowna’s Freedom of the City award in 2001, the highest honour the City can bestow on a citizen, an honorary distinction only granted to 18 people since it was introduced in Kelowna in 1946," the release stated.

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