Jamie Fisher, who made headlines in the 1980s as an alderman in Ottawa, died in Vanier in late March and was remembered at a memorial service on Friday by friends and the community he served.
Samy Metwally is imam at the Ottawa Muslim Association. He said Fisher played a key role in securing a parking lot at the mosque on Northwestern Avenue.
"He helped us to purchase the land in the back, which helped the Muslim community coming to our mosque to enter and come out smoothly ... without any hardship," Metwally said. "But in the meantime he was a close friend of mine and to many members of our community."
Former Ottawa mayor Jim Durrell said he worked closely with Fisher.
"He cared deeply about his city, he was passionate about Ottawa," Durrell said. "And what I always remembered about Jamie was that, while he was an alderman ... he was one of those unique people that had a vision for the whole city. And when you're mayor, you need to have people like Jamie around you. So I was always grateful for that."
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