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Former councillor Gordon Tomalty has passed away


Former Whistler councillor Gordon Tomalty died Saturday at the age of 75 in Fort Langley, B.C.

In a 35-year career with the RCMP that saw him work internationally with Interpol and Canadian Executive Services Organization, Tomalty rose to the position of Chief Superintendent.

Tomalty and his wife Eileen retired to Whistler in the late 1980s after building a home in Alpine Meadows and were deeply involved in the community. Tomalty was elected to council in a Feb. 3, 1990 by-election after Ald. Paul Burrows resigned. He was re-elected in December 1990 and served on council until 1993.

Gordon Tomalty was involved in Whistler’s Mature Action Committee and was a past chair of the organization. He was a member of Rotary and involved with the Whistler Rotary Club. He also volunteered as a host on Blackcomb.

Gordon suffered a stroke several years ago, which limited his mobility. He and Eileen moved to the Lower Mainland where in-home medical care was available.

Gordon and Eileen celebrated their 50 th wedding anniversary last year with a cruise to Alaska.

Whistler was always a favourite gathing place for the Tomalty family, which includes children Wendy Cameron of Port Coquitlam, Heather Tomalty of Ottawa and Staff Sergeant Warren Tomalty of Langley and their families.

Gordon is also survived by his sister Frances “Frankie” Graham of Montreal.

A memorial service will be held at Maurice Young Millennium Place in Whistler on Monday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. All who knew him are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Simpson’s Manor, Glover Road in Fort Langley, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of choice.

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