Councillors say farewell to Murray Fearrey
By Chad Ingram
Published Dec. 4, 2018
Last week marked the final Dysart et al and Haliburton County council meetings for longtime Mayor (previously Reeve) Murray Fearrey.
Fearrey, who’s held municipal office for more than four decades, received a standing ovation at the conclusion of a Nov. 27 Dysart council meeting after being praised by Councillor Walt McKechnie.
“Murray, when you look around this community, at all the things . . . the hospital, the school, Sir Sanford [Fleming College], you were a big part of that . . . the library, the streetscape, our park, the arena, the skateboard [park], the three condos . . . “ McKechnie said, listing some of the projects that have been completed during Fearrey’s tenure.
“Walk out of here today with your head so high,” McKechnie said. “When you walk down the street, and drive into town, look at all the great accomplishments. You’re the leader. You were the driving force behind that.”
Earlier in the meeting, Fearrey wished departing Councillors Dennis Casey and Susan Norcross, along with their colleagues well, and the new council good luck.
“I think we’ve had a pretty good council,” he said of the past term, thanking chief administrative officer Tamara Wilbee and township staff for their work and co-operation over the years.
“I think it’s appropriate, too, to congratulate the new members of council coming on, and Mayor Andrea Roberts, and I wish her success in the years ahead,” Fearrey said. “I think it’s going to be a challenge. It always is.”
The following day at the last county council meeting of the term, Fearrey and outgoing Minden Hills Deputy Mayor Cheryl Murdoch received gifts from their colleagues.
Fearrey left his county councillors with this piece of advice:
“Take your time and make your decisions. Don’t rush. That’s my biggest mistake I’ve made many times in my life.”