Inuvik councillor Terry Halifax dies after collapsing outside meeting

Inuvik town councillor Terry Halifax, 54, died Wednesday after he collapsed in the town hall's parking lot following a council meeting.

Former newsman 'known for not holding back:' Town of Inuvik

Inuvik town councillor Terry Halifax was a photographer, a former teacher and a former editor of the Inuvik Drum. He died Wednesday in Inuvik at the age of 54. (CBC)

Inuvik town councillor Terry Halifax died suddenly on Wednesday night.

Halifax, 54, collapsed in the town hall's parking lot just after 9 p.m., following a council meeting. Inuvik's fire department says they rushed Halifax to hospital, to no avail.

His wife, Elizabeth Fraser, says doctors aren't sure what caused Halifax's death. She says they suspect it was a sudden heart attack.​

"He was very caring, compassionate, selfless," she said. "It was definitely a shock. He had no prior health issues. We were talking a half hour before everything happened. It wasn't expected at all."

Halifax was a former teacher and a former editor of the Inuvik Drum. He was also known for his photography.

Fraser says Halifax moved to the North and worked with Northern News Services in Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife before moving to Inuvik.

Fraser said Halifax decided in 2000 to stay in the town.

"He thought there was so much hustle and potential in Inuvik," Fraser said.

In a news release Thursday afternoon, the Town of Inuvik said Halifax was "known for not holding back in expressing what he felt was the best interest of the Town and its residents."

Halifax was first elected to town council in 2004 and was chair of the Community Energy Planning Committee and the Administration Committee.

"From reporting the news in his early days in Inuvik to being part of the news as a town councillor, Terry’s passion will be missed," said Mayor Floyd Roland in the release.

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