Public Works Director Brian Mallett dies suddenly

By David F. Rooney

Brian Mallett, the City’s personable and hard-working director of engineering and public works, died suddenly at his home early Sunday evening.

A neighbour was summoned to administer CPR when the 50-year-old father of two was found at about 8:30 pm, said Revelstoke Chief Administrative Officer Tim Palmer.

First responders arrived minutes later  but he was already gone, Palmer said.

“Brian was a very even-keeled addition to the City staff,” he said. “He was very well-respected and brought a maturity to the table that will be missed. His loss will have a major impact on everyone in the organization.”

That was certainly the case Monday morning when there was scarcely a dry eye at City Hall.

Mayor David Raven, contacted by cell phone during a trip to Vancouver, said he was “greatly saddened by the news.

“Brian was a close personal friend and we worked together both through the City and while I was at the forest district,” he said. “My heart goes out to Colleen and the boys.”

Brian is survived by his wife, Colleen and their two sons, Mackenzie, 14, and Hayden, 10.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends, admirers and acquaintances, both social and professional.