Township of Southwold, Fingal ON - Upon learning of the passing of Southwold’s longest serving Mayor, Jim McIntyre, Township Council is looking back on both his many accomplishments as an elected official, but also on his contributions as a community member and one of Southwold’s finest.
Born into the family tradition of farming in the community and contributing to the community in elected service, Mayor McIntyre farmed with his father and his brother in the community for nearly two decades. Wanting to contribute to Southwold beyond his agricultural impact, Mayor McIntyre joined the volunteer fire fighting service from 1967 -1988. Along the way, he also became the president of the Southwold Volunteer Fire Fighter’s Association. Many members of the Southwold community will remember Mayor McIntyre from his local carpentry business that served the rural area for many years, often with different local woodworkers joining his team.
Mayor McIntyre joined Southwold Council in 1982 and served his first term until 1984. Taking a brief break, he returned to a Council position in 1991 and eventually transitioned to the Deputy Mayor’s chair. In the year 2000, Jim McIntyre assumed the Mayor’s chair, a position he held until 2013. While serving the municipality, Mayor McIntyre led the charge for fully servicing the Township with water. Mayor McIntyre was also an early supporter of bringing a new library facility to Shedden and was the driving force motivating the project to proceed.
Mayor McIntyre was on council during the Construction of the Keystone Complex, the Station 1 Fire Hall, the Township Medical Centre, and the Township administration office underwent major renovations to comply with accessibility requirements while he was at the helm. Always passionate about promoting Southwold, Mayor McIntyre was an early advocate for welcoming new residents to the community and supported new subdivision development in Talbotville and Ferndale. Mayor McIntyre was at the helm when all streetlights were converted to LED, a sidewalk replacement program was implemented, and the Township completed its first sustainability plan.
On top of service to Southwold, Mayor Jim McIntyre served a term as County Warden. Many do not know that during this term on County Council, Jim donated his Warden’s gift to the London Children’s Hospital in recognition of the care and service his daughter had received as a child there.
Mayor McIntyre is celebrated in the Township not only for his leadership as an elected official, but also for the many hours he spent volunteering in the community to make Southwold better for all residents and visitors alike. Mayor McIntyre’s passion for Southwold remains unmatched and his legacy is not only evident in the Township structures and infrastructure, but also in the social fabric of the community members who all share warm memories of Jim.
For Information Contact:
Lisa Higgs, CAO/Clerk