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.
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 ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.