Smithers Mourns Death of Bill Goodacre

John Crawford
01/29/2019

Tributes are pouring in for former Smithers Town Councillor Bill Goodacre, who passed away over the weekend at Bulkley Lodge in Smithers.

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In announcing his death on Facebook, Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the 67-year-old Goodacre was "a quiet presence around the council table -- and a tireless ally for indigenous people, especially the Witsuwit’en".

Bachrach says the town's flag has been lowered to half-staff to mark Bill’s passing.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said it was Goodacre who first convinced him to run for political office, calling him "a champion of those without a voice and a true advocate for reconciliation".

The former New Democrat MLA is also being eulogized by current MLA's Doug Donaldson and Jennifer Rice, among many others.

Goodacre's son-in-law --- Juno-award-winning singer/songwriter Alex Cuba --- called him a man of true values.

Last fall, Goodacre was awarded the town's highest honour -- the "Freedom of the Municipality" award.

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