Nova Scotia

Richmond County warden dies at 64

Richmond County is mourning the loss of its warden, who died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer. John Boudreau was 64 years old.

Richmond County, in eastern Cape Breton, is mourning the loss of its warden.

John Boudreau was 64 years old. He died Wednesday night at the Strait Richmond Hospital.

Victor David, the deputy warden of Richmond County, said Boudeau was diagnosed with cancer in November. He described Boudreau was a long-time community leader.

"He was one of the original proponents of DIMA, Development Isle Madame Association, which was started because of the downturn in the fisheries. He worked hard at finding placement and education for some of the people that were displaced by the fisheries," said David.

"He worked hard on their behalf. He worked hard at helping them get some of the entitlements that the federal government was putting out for them."

David said Boudreau remained involved in municipal politics as he fought his illness, and even joined a council meeting two weeks ago by video conference.

The ongoing negotiations for the sale of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill were also on the warden's mind.

"We spoke about what may transpire there at the mill and what they may be coming to the municipality looking for and how we should be dealing with it," David told CBC News.

"The municipality was always on his mind. It was never away from him."

Boudreau was first elected to the Richmond County council as the representative for District 2 in 2004. He was elected warden in 2006, then re-elected to both roles following the last municipal election in 2008.