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Updated: Middleton mourns death of town councillor

Middleton Councillor John Himmelman died suddenly Wednesday morning.
Middleton Councillor John Himmelman died suddenly Wednesday morning.

MIDDLETON - Middleton’s town council is mourning the loss of one of its own today. Councillor John Himmelman, 68, died suddenly at home Wednesday morning. He was a retired lieutenant colonel and former commanding officer of the West Nova Scotia Regiment.

He’s being described as an all around good guy and an asset to the community.

Himmelman had been on council since elections in 2012 and that’s where Middleton Mayor Calvin Eddy got to know him.

“He was always bubbly, friendly, approachable, he was just an all around good guy, a clean-living man, and an asset to the community,” said Eddy.

Himmelman was on various town committees including the Youth Ambassador Committee, the Police Advisory Board, and the Planning Services Public Advisory Panel. But Eddy said it was as the town’s representative on the Valley Waste board that the late councilor shone.

“He really took the work on that committee to heart,” said Eddy. “I know from the calls I’ve received today and yesterday from members of that board they are shocked and saddened by John’s passing and they all noted John’s value. He’ll be really missed on that board -- as we will on council miss John as he was very dedicated to being on council. He was very interested in the town and he will be sorely missed.”

The mayor said Himmelman went to almost every event happening in the town no matter if he was on that committee putting it on or not. “He seemed to have a keen interest in the town,” Eddy said. “He told me some time ago he was intending to re-offer next fall.”

 

Military

In 1962 at age 15 John joined the Canadian Army as a Boy Soldier, according to his obituary. In 1983 he attended the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Kingston, ON, and in 1988 and 1989 he attended USMC Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA.

“On April 1, 1990 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the West Nova Scotia Regiment,” the obituary reads. “Later that year he and his wife Judy went on an official visit to the Queens Lancashire Regiment. During his command of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, HRH Princess Diana was appointed “Colonel-In-Chief” of the Regiment.”

Himmelman later worked as Driver Enhancement Officer for the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure administering driving tests.

He was also a member of the Masons joining Composite Lodge #105 Halifax in 1987.  He was a member of Keith Lodge #17 Halifax and Laurie Lodge #70 Springhill. In 2004 he affiliated with Ionic Lodge #73 Middleton, where he served as Master in 2009 and 2013.  Himmelman served as DDGM in 2008 for the Annapolis/Digby District. 

He's survived by his wife and two children.

 

No By-election

Eddy said there will not be a by-election to fill the vacant town council seat. Municipal elections take place this fall and if a vacancy occurs within six months of regular elections a by-election is not mandatory.

A Masonic Tribute, conducted by Ionic Lodge #73, followed by a Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in the Middleton Funeral Home, with Rev. Leon Langille officiating.  

He’s being described as an all around good guy and an asset to the community.

Himmelman had been on council since elections in 2012 and that’s where Middleton Mayor Calvin Eddy got to know him.

“He was always bubbly, friendly, approachable, he was just an all around good guy, a clean-living man, and an asset to the community,” said Eddy.

Himmelman was on various town committees including the Youth Ambassador Committee, the Police Advisory Board, and the Planning Services Public Advisory Panel. But Eddy said it was as the town’s representative on the Valley Waste board that the late councilor shone.

“He really took the work on that committee to heart,” said Eddy. “I know from the calls I’ve received today and yesterday from members of that board they are shocked and saddened by John’s passing and they all noted John’s value. He’ll be really missed on that board -- as we will on council miss John as he was very dedicated to being on council. He was very interested in the town and he will be sorely missed.”

The mayor said Himmelman went to almost every event happening in the town no matter if he was on that committee putting it on or not. “He seemed to have a keen interest in the town,” Eddy said. “He told me some time ago he was intending to re-offer next fall.”

 

Military

In 1962 at age 15 John joined the Canadian Army as a Boy Soldier, according to his obituary. In 1983 he attended the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Kingston, ON, and in 1988 and 1989 he attended USMC Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA.

“On April 1, 1990 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of the West Nova Scotia Regiment,” the obituary reads. “Later that year he and his wife Judy went on an official visit to the Queens Lancashire Regiment. During his command of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, HRH Princess Diana was appointed “Colonel-In-Chief” of the Regiment.”

Himmelman later worked as Driver Enhancement Officer for the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure administering driving tests.

He was also a member of the Masons joining Composite Lodge #105 Halifax in 1987.  He was a member of Keith Lodge #17 Halifax and Laurie Lodge #70 Springhill. In 2004 he affiliated with Ionic Lodge #73 Middleton, where he served as Master in 2009 and 2013.  Himmelman served as DDGM in 2008 for the Annapolis/Digby District. 

He's survived by his wife and two children.

 

No By-election

Eddy said there will not be a by-election to fill the vacant town council seat. Municipal elections take place this fall and if a vacancy occurs within six months of regular elections a by-election is not mandatory.

A Masonic Tribute, conducted by Ionic Lodge #73, followed by a Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in the Middleton Funeral Home, with Rev. Leon Langille officiating.  

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