Brighton to lower flags in memory of Belleville city councillor

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Brighton will fly its flags at half-mast in memory of a Belleville city councillor.

Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander announced during the municipality’s Nov. 9 planning meeting the sudden death of Belleville’s Patricia Culhane.

“I have extended our sympathies to (Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk) and Belleville city council and the people of Belleville and the Culhane family on council’s behalf,” Ostrander said.

“We will lower the flags to half-mast when we find out what the arrangements are for Coun. Culhane. Pat was incredibly involved in not just her ward but in the city in general, having also run for mayor of the city of Belleville back in 2014. I just wanted to acknowledge Pat’s passing.”

The office of Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk released a statement on the morning of Nov. 9 stating Culhane died Nov. 8, surrounded by family at Belleville General Hospital.

A book of condolences is available at the front door of Belleville City Hall, located at 169 Front St., until Nov. 16. Those who would like to extend their condolences to the Culhane family are asked to sign the book during business hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The flags at Belleville’s city hall and municipal buildings have been lowered to half-staff and will remain lowered until her interment, the city said in a news release.

A public memorial will be held in the future when gathering restrictions have been lifted. Details will be released to the public at that time.

A long-time resident of Belleville, Culhane worked at Quinte Health Care for more than 40 years as a nurse and later as a nursing supervisor. This was her third term elected as a councillor.

- With files from The Belleville Local

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News