Falkland director recalled

The world has lost a gentleman and community booster.

The world has lost a gentleman and community booster.

Simon de Boer died Aug. 11 in Bastion Place at the age of 84.

De Boer settled on Yankee Flats Road in 1972. Four years later, he joined the board of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, where he remained for 23 years as the Falkland director. He served many years as chairperson.

MP Colin Mayes served on the CSRD board when he was mayor of Salmon Arm.

“Simon was the chair, a leader in the community and region,” says Mayes.

“I always appreciated his fairness and willingness to serve in the community.”

Mayes was impressed with de Boer’s willingness to discuss issues, his openness and the fact he was so approachable.

Area E director Rhona Martin worked on the regional district board with de Boer for about 12 years.

“He was a very nice man, he was very passionate about local government and very committed to the people of his area,” said Martin. “He was always supportive of agriculture.”

As well as being committed to his constituents, Martin says de Boer cared about anyone with whom he came in contact.

When de Boer left the board in 1999, not only was he missed but so was his wife.

“Elsie took the directors’ spouses under her wing to help them and make sure you were included and felt welcome,” she says.

A service for de Boer has already been held by his family.