The mayor of Port Rexton, Alvin Piercey, has died of cancer. He was 74.

Piercey, who served on the Trinity Bay community's council for a quarter of a century, died Thursday.

He had just recently received an award from the Department of Municipal Affairs for recognition of 25 years of service as a councillor, deputy mayor and mayor.

But Municipalities NL president Churence Rogers said Piercey was unable to accept the award in person because of the treatment he was undergoing.

Rogers said Piercey exemplified what it means to be a community person.

"Alvin made a tremendous contribution to his town, and to the region, actually. Because he was a kind of visionary person that not only thought about his own community, but surrounding ones as well.

"He was always ready to reach out to neighbouring mayors and municipalities in that area."

Piercey is resting at Fewer's Funeral Home in Clarenville.

The funeral will take place on Monday.