Terrace City Freeman Bill McRae Passes Away

Kathy Brookes

The City of Terrace has lost one of its preeminent citizens.

Bill McRae -- who was made a Freeman of the City in 1989 -- passed away Thursday night at the age of 96. 

A notice online from the City of Terrace said flags were lowered to half-mast in his honour Friday. 

[PHOTO CREDIT:   City of Terrace website] 

McRae was born in Smithers, served in the Second World War and built a successful career in the forest industry. He also served as a city alderman in the '60s, was instrumental in the construction of Mills Memorial Hospital and was involved in establishing Terrace's first arena and Northwest Community College. 

He was also a founding member of the Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation.

The City says he died peacefully at Mills Memorial Hospital.

He leaves behind his wife Helene and many generations of family in Terrace and beyond.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley M-P Taylor Bachrach is among the people extending their condolences.

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