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Ignace residents mourn passing of Driftwood's publisher, Dennis Smyk

Residents in Ignace, Ont., are mourning the passing of a long-time community member, Dennis Smyk.

Dennis Smyk published the final edition of the Ignace Driftwood on October 31

Dennis and Jackie Smyk, the publishers of the Ignace Driftwood, decided to cease publication of the paper as of October 31, 2018. (Jackie Smyk/Facebook)

Residents in Ignace, Ont., are mourning the passing of long-time community member, Dennis Smyk.

Dennis and Jackie Smyk were the publishers, editors, sales people and reporters for the Ignace Driftwood, a community paper that has been in operation since Christmas of 1978.

In a recent interview with CBC News, Smyk said he'd had cancer for a few years and had been getting extremely tired over the past couple weeks.

He published the paper's final regular edition on October 31, 2018.

On Tuesday afternoon, Smyk passed away at the Dryden Regional Health Centre.

It's the end of an era in Ignace. The town's weekly newspaper, the Driftwood, has ceased publication after nearly 40 years. That is, except for one final edition, an obituary edition that will be dedicated to the publisher, Dennis Smyk, who has cancer. But the decision to wind down the long-running paper was a difficult one for Dennis, and his wife Jackie. They spoke to CBC Thunder Bay reporter Jeff Walters. 5:39