UXBRIDGE/BROCK: The communities of Uxbridge and Brock, along with the Durham District School Board (DDSB) are in mourning, following the recent death of trustee Elinor Hansen.
Mrs. Hansen died in the early morning, on Tuesday, March 7th, at the age of 46. She was in her first term as trustee for Uxbridge and Brock, after being elected in 2014.
“It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of Elinor’s passing. Elinor was a lovely lady and a really wonderful, hard-working representative for our community. She will be missed. We are thinking of her family and friends, and offer our sincere condolences,” Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor said.
DDSB chairman Michael Barrett said one thing he remembers about Mrs. Hansen is how she “approached the job with great enthusiasm”, adding that she never lost that enthusiasm.
Mr. Barrett also described Mrs. Hansen as a “very kind and gentle soul”, and as someone who was very organized.
“You could always count on Elinor [to have] read every piece of paper, understood it, catalogued it, and indexed it,” Mr. Barrett said. “There was probably nobody as organized as Elinor was. She was the epitome of organization and detail.”
As well as being a trustee, Mrs. Hansen was also an elder for the Rouge Valley Mennonite church. She was also a supporter of literacy programming. Mrs. Hansen is survived by her husband Peter and her daughter Lynda.
"I met Elinor and her family at a Christmas Party at my brother's house. From the moment I met Elinor it was obvious she had a genuine interest in what I was doing. She listened more then she spoke and when she spoke it was always kind, thoughtful and intelligent,” Uxbridge Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton said. “Elinor was elected about a year before I became involved in local politics. Once we were working together and helping one another with issues, I saw the same qualities that I noticed the first time we met. She listened to the issues and always replied in a kind, intelligent and thoughtful way.
We have lost an incredible mother, wife, sister, citizen, volunteer, and trustee. Peter and Lynda, we are mourning with you."