Vernon City Councillor Patrick Nicol was remembered at the council meeting on Monday. Nicol passed away Jan. 15.
In honour of Nicol, the City of Vernon paid tribute to him by having his name placed on the the seat typically reserved for the mayor.
“Patrick, as most of you know, served on council here in the City of Vernon, in this building most of the time, for 22 years,” shared Mayor Rob Sawatzky from Nicol's old seat.
“He would have actually served 28 years in this community, but he ran for Mayor twice and did not win those so we thought the only seat he has not had here was the Mayor's seat. Therefore, we thought it would be respectful to give him that seat today,” explained Sawatzky.
A single red rose and white daffodils adorned the desk and the seat behind his name remained empty.
Several presenters at the Monday council meeting also took the opportunity to pay their respects, sharing their own fond memories of Nicol and offering their condolences to his family and city staff.
The city has decided to let the public vote for his replacement in the next city election on November 2014.
By doing this, the City avoids the extra costs of holding a byelection.
His memorial is set to take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb 3, at the Trinity United Church in Vernon.