Bernard Cameron, Almonte councillor, honoured at town hall after fatal shooting
Daughter remains in hospital in stable condition Friday; hundreds gathered to pay respects Thursday night
About 200 mourners gathered at the Almonte Old Town Hall Thursday night and lined up by the dozen to share their stories of local politician Bernard Cameron, who was shot dead in his home earlier that day.
Cameron, 65, was remembered as a well-respected, gentle soul who loved his small community in the town of Mississippi Mills, Ont.
Cameron's 28-year-old daughter Sarah was seriously injured and a 33-year-old man she had been involved with died in hospital after the morning shooting at Cameron's mansion on Strathburn Street.
On Friday morning, she was listed in stable condition in hospital.
Ontario Provincial Police are still trying to figure out what led to the shooting but said there is no search for suspects and that the public is not at risk.
Cameron, a second-term councillor for Almonte Ward and a retired high school teacher, was the heart and soul of his community, mourners said. A book of condolences was filled with memories and signatures.
Knowledge of town 'came out of his pores'
Fellow Coun. John Edwards said Cameron put his "heart and soul" into everything he did.
"What I remember about Bernard was his tremendous love of his community. The heritage of the community, the people of the community, the stories of the community — he was full of that information and it came out of his pores. ... That came out in everything he said, was his love of the community," Edwards said.
Micky Mulligan recalled being inspired by Cameron, who taught him Grade 9 English. He said Cameron was known as the "man in the mansion," whose Tudor-style house was used for scenes in the 2007 Tori Spelling movie Housesitter.
"He was a very kind man. He'd help anyone out with anything. He didn't let too much bother him and he was just a big part of the community," Mulligan said.
"It's going to be a big loss."
Fundraiser for Camerons
The councillor's daughter, Sarah Cameron, is a mother of two young children.
She has worked as a personal support worker at the Almonte Country Haven retirement home for more than a year and a half, her supervisor Carolyn DellaForesta said.
"Very kind, caring, compassionate personal support worker. The kind of person that you can see caring for your grandma,' she said.
Coworkers are collecting donations for her young son and daughter, DellaForesta said.
An online fundraiser was also launched on Thursday to help with the councillor's funeral costs, as well as his daughter's recovery.
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