It is with profound sadness that Council recognizes the passing of Jim Bertram, former Councillor with the Municipality of North Grenville. Mr. Bertram passed away on April 5, 2022.
“On behalf of all residents and business leaders in North Grenville, Council would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Bertram’s family, along with those who were enriched by his commitment to our community,” said Mayor Peckford.
A retired teacher with a distinguished career, Mr. Bertram was an active parent, grandparent and community leader. He was passionate about a variety of issues in North Grenville. He served as a Councillor with the Municipality of North Grenville from 2014 – 2018, and as Council liaison to Public Works.
Mr. Bertram embraced his role as an elected official and fully understood how much he could make a difference as a member of Council.
While on Council, Mr. Bertram launched the North Grenville Rural Summit, a successful community-led event centered around rural economic development, showcasing local agriculture-based businesses.
The inaugural Rural Summit was held in 2016 at the Kemptville Campus, followed by events in 2018 and 2019. Subsequent to the 2018 Summit, MPP Steve Clark took the time to commend his efforts during a statement at Queen’s Park.
“Mr. Bertram cared deeply about North Grenville and its residents. He was a ‘people person’ never afraid to speak out on topics he cared about, and was a true champion for individual rights and freedoms. He continued to speak out after his time on Council on a variety of issues,” added Councillor John Barclay.
North Grenville’s flags at the Municipal Centre have been lowered to half-mast in Mr. Bertram’s honour.