Ken Langille, a long-serving councillor for the town of Yarmouth, has died.
Mayor Pam Mood, who confirmed the news to CBC News on Tuesday afternoon, said he was on vacation somewhere down south "when there were some complications."
"It's very sad news for the town of Yarmouth," Mood said. "He's been here forever, he's dug his heels into the community and done so many things for Yarmouth. It's just shocking news for everyone here."
Langille served as a freelance journalist with the CBC in the 1980s — and continued to stay in touch as Information Morning's Yarmouth community contact.
He joined town council in 1989 and served until 1991. He returned to the role of councillor in 2008. He also taught at Yarmouth High School for 34 years and served on several in-town committees.
"He had his hands in a lot of things, that's for sure," Mood said.
"I just think everyone right now is in shock. You know, the phone calls are coming in. The text messages asking if it's really true. It really is just a shock. We sat with him at a council meeting just this past Thursday and now this. We kind of have to let it sink in."
Mood's one word to describe Langille: busy.
"He was always busy. I think the community will miss what he's put into it for sure."
Many have taken to Twitter to express their sadness upon hearing of Langille's passing.
I've just learned that Ken Langille - longtime family friend, and my earliest mentor in the realm of journalism - passed away suddenly.— @TheSilentG
Yarmouth Councilor Ken Langille, a former teacher, will be greatly missed.He was so invested & worked so hard for community.#RIPmyfriend— @RamonaJennex