UXBRIDGE: An outpouring of emotion from colleagues accompanied news that Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse passed away after a lengthy illness on the morning of Tuesday, July 7.
Councillor Mikuse was in her 68th year when she passed away at Uxbridge Cottage Hospital in the early-morning hours, and leaves behind a remarkable legacy of championing tourism, as well as the agricultural community in the nine years she served as a councillor. In addition, the Roseville resident owned and operated a local antiques business, Circa 1864.
“She’ll be sadly missed for her wonderful qualities and the things that she stood for,” commented Ward 1 Councillor Pamela Beach. “She was committed to farming and a rural way of life. That’s where her heart was. She was as proud as anyone of the farming community and did a lot of work for it.”
In her time as a councillor, Ms. Mikuse was a tireless promoter of Uxbridge as Chair of the Culture and Tourism Committee. She spearheaded successful promotional displays for the township at the CNE, bringing scores of tourists to the municipality. As well, she founded the Farmers of Uxbridge event, which runs every August and highlights the great variety of farming that takes place within the township. She was also heavily involved in Canada Day celebrations at Elgin Park, the recent upgrades to the Cenotaph and the Horse Lover’s Tour, which had been jointly held in both Uxbridge and Scugog Townships in recent years.
“She was an excellent councillor who worked very hard for her constituents and wasn’t shy about standing up for them on council,” remembered Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy. “There’s no one that was willing to do more to help promote this township through tourism, be it the CNE, Canada Day, the Farmers event or anything else, she was in here working hard for her residents. Everything she did was about Uxbridge.”
Funeral arrangements were still being made as of press time, information on upcoming celebrations of Pat Mikuse’s life will be posted as they become available, on The Standard’s web site, www.thestandardnewspaper.ca.