Port Rexton mourns Alvin Piercey

Kevin Curley
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Mayor laid to rest Monday

The citizens of Port Rexton are mourning the loss of their mayor.

Alvin Piercey, mayor of Port Rexton, died last week following a battle with cancer. 

Alvin Piercey, aged 74, died last week from complications due to cancer.

Piercey served as the town’s mayor for 25 years and just last month received an award from Municipalities NL for his longstanding service.

He first joined the Port Rexton council in 1988 and took over as mayor a few years later after a resignation.

Port Rexton’s town clerk, Lois Long, worked alongside Piercey for 25 years.

“There were some memorable times, some good times and some hard times with the town. He was a very good friend, not just being the mayor or being my boss, he was a good friend and he was deeply respected by everyone,”Long said in an interview with The Packet.

She says Piercey dedicated his life to his town and was always just a phone call away.

“He was always there to call on when needed, his work was all volunteer of course,” she says.

Piercey was also a member of the volunteer fire department, The Orange Lodge, 50 plus club and faithfully attended town meetings and symposiums.

“He loved the interaction and networking with other town’s, councillors and mayors. He had a good relationship with everyone he ran into,” she says.

Piercey was a member of the church and was active in the music and friends group that holds kitchen parties at Bishop White School.

“Everyone loved his playing and singing. He entertained for us when we had our festivals,” she says.

The Packet spoke with Piecey last month after he received his milestone award. In the interview Piercey reflected on his years as mayor and said it was a positive experience. He said he enjoyed every minute of working with the people in the municipality.

Piercy was laid to rest in Port Rexton on Monday.

Organizations: Port Rexton council, Bishop White School

Geographic location: Port Rexton

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