A former Parksville city councillor, beloved by many, passed away on March 8th.
Al Grier served the Parksville community for many years, having been elected to his seat on council in 2008, 2011, 2014 and again in 2018.
To honour Grier, the town of nearly 14,000 residents have lowered their city flag to half mast in recognition of all his contributions and love for the community he served.
According to the City of Parksville, Grier was a champion of many important causes in the city and was extensively involved in many facets of the Oceanside community.
He resigned from his seat briefly in 2016 for lingering health issues he had from a rattlesnake bite, but ran again successfully in 2018 for a seat at the city council’s table.
In 2018, Grier had the third most votes of the 11 candidates who ran for council. He did not run in the 2022 municipal election.
Many city staff members knew Grier for his unmistakable presence at City Hall and say he had a smile that lit up a room.
“On behalf of City Council, I send my deepest condolences to Al’s wife, family and friends at this very difficult time,” said Mayor Doug O’Brien.
“Al’s commitment, passion and determination to work for our community will be greatly missed.”