ROTHENBURGER – We lost some very good people in 2018

Arm-wrestling with Dr. Cindy Ross-Friedman.

I ONCE ARM-WRESTLED Dr. Cynthia Ross-Friedman.

In March 2014 I was interviewing her for a segment of Coffee With the Armchair Mayor, a feature I used to do for CBC Radio.

I don’t remember why we decided to arm wrestle but it likely had something to do with the subject of the interview, which was International Women’s Day, men vs. women and all that.

Neither do I remember who won, but we likely called it a draw in the spirit of equality.

Cindy died on Christmas eve, capping a sad year in which a lot of good people were lost to us.

Only a couple of weeks before she was killed by an aortic dissection, which is a tear in the wall of the major artery that carries blood from the heart, Radio NL reporter Angelo Iacobucci died.

Earlier in the year, long-time Logan Lake mayor and TNRD chair Al Kemp, political junky and community volunteer Ted Joslin, and Radio NL founder and former City councillor John Skelly were taken.

I had the privilege of knowing all of them. Though their personalities and ages were very different, they all had in common a drive to make their community better.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – We lost some very good people in 2018

  1. John Noakes // January 6, 2019 at 4:45 AM // Reply

    It might be a bit of a reach, but maybe not. When I heard of Cindy’s sudden death and its cause, I thought of her passion (including loss of sleep & lifestyle) in her fight against Ajax. Other burdens in her life may well have been there too.
    More than just a catch phrase, I truly think that stress is a silent killer.
    Rest in peace, Cindy.

  2. Ian M MacKenzie // January 5, 2019 at 1:19 PM // Reply


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