Moncton Coun. René (Pepsi) Landry has died

The city of Moncton is grieving the loss of long-time Coun. René (Pepsi) Landry, who died on Tuesday.

Long-time politician remembered for his 'cheerful smile, his sense of fairness, and his quiet determination'

The City of Moncton is grieving the loss of long-time Coun. René (Pepsi) Landry, who died on Tuesday.

"I am truly saddened by this news," Mayor Dawn Arnold said in a statement, confirming his death and offering condolences to his family.
A book of condolences to honour Coun. René Landry will be set up in the lobby of Moncton city hall starting on Wednesday, and be available for signing between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until the day of his funeral. (City of Moncton)

"Councillor Landry has dedicated many years of service to this community, particularly to his neighbourhood," she said. "His cheerful smile, his sense of fairness, and his quiet determination were appreciated by all who knew him."

Flags at city hall have been lowered to half-mast in his honour and a book of condolences will be available for signing in the lobby starting on Wednesday, at 9 a.m. until his funeral is held.

"Today, the city has lost not only a community leader and advocate; it has also lost a great friend," Coun. Paul Pellerin posted on Facebook.

"It's with heavy heart that I say good bye to my good friend, mentor and city council colleague," he wrote.

He has certainly touched the lives of many. RIP Pepsi, you will be missed.- Paul Pellerin, city councillor

"He has certainly touched the lives of many. RIP Pepsi, you will be missed."

Landry was re-elected in May to serve a fourth term in Ward 4. He previously served as a member of the provincial legislature from 1999 until 2003.

Prior to his political career, he was a facilities co-ordinator for the city, managing the Farmers' Market, Sportsplex field and organizing special events. He also worked for the Moncton Boys and Girls Club.

He volunteered for various organizations over the years, including the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Recreation Society of Atlantic Canada and the Moncton Lions Minor Baseball Association.

Landry had been recognized for his community service as the recipient of the Builder of Youth Award from the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Canada, the Silver Keystone Award for outstanding service to youth and the 125th Anniversary of the Foundation of Canada Commemorative Medal in recognition of contributions to the community and to Canada.

He is survived by his wife Jacqueline (Gagnon), and their two sons Michel and Marc. Funeral details are not yet available.