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Flags at half mast in honour of Mr. George Springate

The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere, and the members of City Council would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of George Springate, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81.

“On behalf of myself and the members of City Council, I would like to extend my condolences to the family of this exceptional man. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. George Springate demonstrated multiple talents over the course of his life. He was passionate, warm, respectful and inspiring,” the mayor of Pointe-Claire said.

George Springate was a police officer, lawyer and professional football player in the Canadian Football League (CFL), where he played with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Montréal Alouettes. He was also a radio and television host, Liberal MP for the riding of Sainte-Anne and then Westmount, sportscaster, law professor, journalist and federal judge on the Citizenship Commission.

“In Pointe-Claire, he hosted the annual Canadian citizenship ceremony with tact and sensitivity for over two decades. Over the years, this event was marked by his warm personality and humility. He will be greatly missed by all,” the mayor added.

George Springate received the Order of Canada in 1989 for his outstanding contribution to the nation and his various achievements, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University College of Cape Breton.

The City’s flags have been lowered to half-mast in his honour.