St. Martins Mayor Jim Huttges dies

St. Martins Mayor Jim Huttges died on Sunday a week after he underwent triple bypass surgery. He was 68.

St. Martins Mayor Jim Huttges died on Sunday a week after he underwent triple bypass surgery. He was 68.

Huttges died at the Saint John Regional Hospital, a day after his 68th birthday.

He was the mayor of the small southern New Brunswick village.

Huttges also took a shot at provincial politics in the 2006 election. He ran for Bernard Lord's Progressive Conservatives but he lost his bid to Liberal Stuart Jamieson.

Premier David Alward issued a statement on Tuesday about the mayor's death.

"A long-time business owner and a three-term mayor of St. Martins, he was renowned for his dedication to the people of his community, to the Village of St. Martins and to Greater Saint John. He was also widely known for his involvement in the development of the Fundy Trail," Alward said in his statement.

"On behalf of all members of our government and our fellow New Brunswickers, I extend our sincere condolences to the people of St. Martins and, especially, to the family, friends and colleagues of Jim Huttges."

He worked at Lantic Sugar for 36 years before retiring in 2003.

Huttges is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dolly, two daughters and several grandchildren.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday at the St.Martins United Church.