Former Wolfville Mayor Bob Stead to be mourned today

Wendy Elliott
Published on January 21, 2014

Wolfville’s longest-serving mayor, Bob Stead, will be mourned today.

The funeral service at University Hall will take place at 2 p.m. The reception is set for the Garden Room at the nearby Irving Centre.

“Well-known for his visionary leadership and commitment to community, Bob leaves behind a shining example of a life both fully and well-lived,” said Acadia president Ray Ivany.

Mayor Jeff Cantwell pointed out, “Bob certainly left his mark on Wolfville and his efforts will be remembered and appreciated”.

Long time tenant Mike Butler recalled Stead fondly, saying, “Bob instilled in me the love of Wolfville that has kept me here.”

“I made sure in his last weeks with me that he knew how much I greatly appreciated all he did for me these last eight years,” he said.

Stead, who served for 15 years as mayor and nine years on Wolfville town council, died of cancer on Jan. 18.

Read more here. 

Out going and organized, Stead involved the town in many projects. Recently, he was honoured by Annapolis Valley Health and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

His last project was chairing the fund raising campaign for the new home of L’Arche Homefires.

Stead retired from politics in the fall of 2012. 

Read more online tributes to Stead here.