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Former LaSalle Mayor Bill Varga Passes Away

Monday September 30th, 2019, 6:08pm

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Former LaSalle Mayor Bill Varga has passed away.

Varga served town from 1991 to 2010, and the Township of Sandwich West from 1974 to 1982 and 1985 to 1990. Over those years, he held the positions of Councillor, Reeve, Deputy Reeve, Deputy Mayor and Mayor.

He was also the Warden of Essex County in 1994 and is one of the longest-serving members of Essex County Council holding a seat from 1977 to 1982 and 1985 to 2010. He served on numerous boards and committees.

Varga retired from municipal politics in 2010.

“It is difficult to find the words to describe Bill,” said Mayor Marc Bondy. “Bill had so much integrity. He was someone who we want to be like. Bill always did what was best for the community. He thought about the community first and foremost.”

In 1996, the LaSalle Branch of the Essex County Library was named after Varga to honour his dedication to the Essex County Library Board.

“This is a sad moment for LaSalle. It is also the time to take the opportunity to reflect on how much Bill was a part of the Township of Sandwich West and of the Town of LaSalle,” said Ken Antaya, former Mayor of LaSalle. “Bill was incredibly popular in his beloved Town as well as highly respected regionally. People loved being around him. For over 30 years of working for, with and beside him, I could always count on his support, and unwavering loyalty. He will be missed.”

The flags located on municipal property in LaSalle will be lowered to half-mast in honour of Varga.

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