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Mitch Owens, former mayor of Gloucester, dead at 95

Mitch Owens, a municipal politician who served as mayor of the former municipality of Gloucester, has died at the age of 95.

Funeral mass to be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Visitation Church

Mitch Owens, seen here in archive footage, has died. (CBC)

Mitch Owens, a municipal politician who served as mayor of the former municipality of Gloucester, has died at the age of 95.

"His sharp mind, incredible storytelling, irreverent sense of humour, and easy laugh stayed with us to the end," his obituary said.

​Owens entered municipal politics in 1966 after retiring from the RCMP following a 20-year career, according to his obituary. Over 25 years he served as councillor, deputy reeve and mayor.

In 1991, at the age of 70, he retired from municipal politics, splitting his time between a vacation home in Florida and his home on Mitch Owens Road, which was named after him by an order of council.

Gloucester was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001.

Owens died Thursday.

Visitation will be held at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home on Hunt Club Road from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. His funeral mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Visitation Church in south Gloucester. 

The flags at the Gloucester South Community Centre will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday for his funeral, the city announced Monday.

Mr. Owens will be remembered for his strong leadership, and unwavering dedication to the community.