SALMON ARM — It is with deep regret and sadness that the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) announces the passing away of Electoral Area ‘C’ Director and Board Chairman Ted Bacigalupo.
A statement from the CSRD said Chairman Bacigalupo passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on the evening of June 13.
CSRD Vice-Chair Revelstoke Mayor Dave Raven expressed the following sentiments noting that Director Bacigalupo’s passing is a real loss, not only to his family and friends, but also to the wider community he served.
“We’re all deeply saddened,” Mayor Raven said. “Ted was a good friend to all of us on the board. He very proudly served his area. He was a true gentleman and he taught me many lessons. He will be sadly missed and my heart goes out to his family and his many friends.”
Director Bacigalupo was first elected to the position of Area Director in 1999 and has served his community in that capacity for the past 13 years. It was a role he filled with tremendous dedication, putting in many hours attending as many community meetings and functions as possible. In addition, he championed the causes of the various commissions and committees on which he served; most notably the Okanagan Regional Library Board, where he served as chair for the past five years, and the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP). Chairman Bacigalupo was also on the executive of the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA).
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Chair Bacigalupo,” said CSRD Chief Administrative Officer Charles Hamilton.
“On behalf of all the staff at the CSRD, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. Ted was a great character with whom I had a wonderful working relationship. I will miss him very much indeed.”