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Foremost, Alberta Mayor Passes Away Over Weekend


Foremost Mayor Lorne Buis (Photo Village of Foremost Website)


Foremost, a tight-knit community in the Badlands of Alberta, is reeling from the loss of one of its pillars, Mayor Lorne Buis, who passed away over the weekend. Buis, who served on Council in Foremost for an impressive 23 years and as councillor, deputy mayor, and finally elected Mayor in 2018 was not only deeply embedded in local governance but also in the fabric of the community itself.


The County of Forty Mile Fire Department expressed their sorrow on social media, highlighting Buis's role as a member and brother within the department, "It is with a heavy heart that the County of Forty Mile No. 8 and the Forty Mile Fire Service mourn the loss of one of our members and brother yesterday, Foremost District Chief Lorne Buis."

Buis's family had a longstanding tradition of service to Foremost; his grandfather and father both served as mayors before him. Stepping into his turn at the helm, Buis continued this legacy of dedication to his community.


In an interview with The Commentator, Buis spoke fondly of Foremost, describing it as a "great little community" with all the necessary amenities and a strong sense of unity among local businesses. His words reflected his deep-rooted pride in Foremost and his commitment to its prosperity.


As Foremost mourns the loss of Mayor Lorne Buis, his legacy of service and devotion to the community will undoubtedly endure, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him and the town he loved so dearly.

TRIBUTES POUR IN


While the news of Mayor Buis passing was making its waves across Social Media many took to different social media outlets to express condolences and sympathy for Buis' family. In a statement obtained by Municipal Affairs, Alberta Municipalities the organization that represents Municipalities across Alberta said, "Alberta Municipalities is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lorne Buis, Mayor of the Village of Foremost in southeast Alberta.


"A life-long resident of Foremost, he was an exemplary leader who served his small but dynamic community as a village councillor for 17 years before becoming mayor in 2018. Lorne also served as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with the volunteer fire department for more than 40 years. We’re thinking of Lorne’s family, friends and the people of Foremost at this difficult time." On Facebook, Bow Island Emergency Services "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Chief Lorne Buis. Rest easy brother." While Legacy Place Society, an organization that supports law enforcement emergency medical fires services members and their families in Calgary posted, "Sending our condolences and hugs. Foremost District Chief Lorne Buis was a dedicated supporter for the community and full of wisdom."  Cypress County Fire Services expressed condolences on their post regarding the passing of Mayor Buis, "We share in mourning the loss of Foremost Chief Buis. Rest easy, sir."

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