Former Kimberley Mayor, UBCM President, passes

Jim Ogilvie, one of British Columbia’s longest serving local government leaders, died Sunday in Kimberley at the age of 78.  Mr. Ogilvie served the City of Kimberley for 43 years, including 36 as Mayor.  Ogilvie was awarded the Order of BC in 2012 and UBCM’s Special Long Service Award in 2011. 

Mr. Ogilvie is survived by his wife Gail, children Darrel and Deborah and grandchildren Kennedy and Graham. Ogilvie was born in Kimberley and served as a radar technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Ogilvie and Gail Ohnstad were married in Kimberley in 1960, and they settled down and bought a home in nearby community of Marysville.   Earlier in August, the City of Kimberley renamed the major thoroughfare between Kimberley and Marysville as “Jim Ogilvie Way”. 

“Jim genuinely loved the City,” said Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae.  “His vision of transforming Kimberley from a resource-town preparing for a mine closure to a lifestyle centered resort destination has kept Kimberley vital for future generations.” 

Mr. Ogilvie was President of UBCM from 1980-1981 and a life member of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. 

“When a colleague passes away it causes a person to pause and reflect,” said UBCM President Rhona Martin. “Jim's commitment to local government was very strong.  He served the City of Kimberly and the East Kootenay Regional District for many years, keeping their best interest always at the forefront. I enjoyed many conversations with him over the years and know how much he will be missed by his family, friends and former colleagues.”


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