In Memoriam: UBCM Life Member Hugh Curtis

Hugh Curtis, former Mayor of Saanich and provincial Minister of Finance, died last week at the age of 81.

Mr. Curtis was first elected to public office in 1961, serving first as an alderman on Saanich Council, then Reeve/Mayor of Saanich and was instrumental in the acquisition of parkland and the building of recreation facilities, a seniors' center, and the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Curtis was elected President of the Union of BC Municipalities in 1969, served as the Chair of Municipal Finance Authority and was named Freeman of the Municipality of Saanich in 2002.

In 1972, Mr. Curtis moved into provincial politics, first as a Progressive Conservative MLA for Saanich and the Islands, then the Social Credit party in 1974. During his time in government, he held three different cabinet portfolios: Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Provincial Secretary; and Minister of Finance.

“Hugh Curtis was a true friend and supporter of local government,” said Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard.   “While in Provincial office, he served as our Minister and supported revenue sharing grants for local government.  Hugh gave politics and public service a 'good name' and continued to mentor 'rookies' like me through all his years.  He will be missed.”

A celebration of Hugh's life will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Gordon Head Recreation Center, 4100 Lambrick Way, Saanich, B.C. Those wishing to make donations in Hugh's memory may do so to the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria, the David Foster Foundation, or the Variety Club of British Columbia.

Image: Portrait of Mayor Hugh Curtis, [196-]. Saanich Archives 2009-013-001.

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