Brian Mabee, a councillor for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, as well as the Town Crier for Gananoque since 2004, said his initial reaction to the news of the Queen's death was one of shock, adding the news gave him goosebumps.
"Because I had done the proclamation of Queen Elizabeth being the longest running monarch in Great Britain, and (her death) came as a shock because there wasn't any precursor to her imminent death," Mabee said.
Mabee described Queen Elizabeth as an astounding woman.
"The United Kingdom and the world will never forget her because of her interaction with all she came in contact with. The UK, my heart goes out to them for their loss. It's a sad day for all of us but we will always remember her."
Mabee said he plans on doing a proclamation on Town Hall square in Gananoque at 1 p.m. Saturday. He'll do another at 7:50 p.m. at Joel Stone Heritage Park during the 1000 Islands Waterfront Festival.
Flags at Town Hall are currently lowered to the half-mast position as a sign of mourning and respect.
(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times