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City honours life of Counc. Fagnan

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The City of Lloydminster is honouring the life of Glenn Fagnan, a two-term seated City Councillor, a Rotarian of more than 30 years and the executive director of the Border City Connects Society, who died on Sunday, June 16 at the age of 65.

The Rotary Club of Lloydminster paid tribute to Fagnan at their Monday meeting and paused for a minute of silence.

Fagnan is warmly remembered as a companion, leader and architect of the community who significantly contributed to the development of Lloydminster’s business landscape.

He and his wife, Karen, along with their daughter, Brandy, moved to the Border City in 1989 to start Relay Distributing, and its rich history continues to operate today, serving the Lloydminster region for more than three decades.

Since selling Relay Distributing, Fagnan built and operated Midwest Communications, Diamond Limousine, Paige Industries and Knox Corporation. His love for business did not stop there. Over the past 35 years, he has shared his entrepreneurial wisdom by volunteering on many business-related boards, including that of the president of Lloydminster’s Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Lloydminster Economic Development Association and sub-chairperson for the Economic Development Corporation.

Of course, Fagnan’s love for the community extended beyond business. Most recently, he served as the Council representative for the Saskatchewan Summer Games to be held in Lloydminster from July 21-27. He also served as president of The Olive Tree, the former Handivan Society (now Border City Connects Society) and KidSport, and assisted with Scotia Bank Hockey Day in Canada and the Alberta Summer Games.

“I love our city, and we have many wonderful organizations and a huge pool of volunteers. I always say that the true measure of a community can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable community members,” Fagnan wrote in a community bio after being elected to city council for a second term in 2020.

Over the years, Fagnan was honoured with many awards and accolades recognizing his service and achievements as a businessman and community advocate.

Mayor Gerald Aalbers says Fagnan’s countless contributions throughout the years have solidified his position in the shared heart and memory of the community.

“On behalf of the Lloydminster community, I express our deepest condolences to Karen, Glenn’s devoted wife, and their family during this time of mourning. Their sorrow is shared by the entire community,” said Aalbers.

“Glenn’s legacy is one of passion and commitment to our city’s progress. His remarkable leadership and insight will be felt in our Council Chambers for many years to come. His entrepreneurial spirit and his countless acts of selflessness are a testament to a truly exceptional man who gave so much of himself to the people of Lloydminster.”

In lieu of flowers, the Fagnan family has asked donations be made to The Olive Tree or Border City Connects.