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Former Richmond Hill mayor Dave Barrow dies at 75

Books of condolences are available for the community to honour the memory of Dave Barrow
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Former Richmond Hill mayor Dave Barrow passed away at the age of 75 on Sept. 22, 2022. File photo/NewmarketToday

On behalf of the city of Richmond Hill and members of council, the mayor extends his condolences on the death of former Mayor Dave Barrow early on Sept. 22, 2022.

Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Dave attended McConaghy Public School, Richmond Hill High School and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Toronto Metropolitan University) prior to entering the family business and Richmond Hill municipal politics.

Dave's political career began with his first term as councillor of Ward 4 in 1978. He remained councillor through to 1985 when he returned to the family business after his father's (Elgin Barrow) death. Dave re-entered political life in 1997 by winning a regional council seat. He was first elected mayor on Nov. 13, 2006 and was re-elected on Oct. 25, 2010, Oct. 27, 2014 and again on Oct. 22, 2018. During his tenure, he served on a number of boards, including as chair of the York Regional Police Services board and as a provincial appointment to the GO Transit Board.

Dave was involved in the community for more than 35 years and was recognized by both the city and the chamber of commerce for his contributions. In 2012, Dave was honoured to receive the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in the community.

Dave retired from Richmond Hill council on Sept. 15, 2021.

On Sept. 15, 2022, Richmond Hill Council officially dedicated Dave Barrow Square to honour the former Mayor’s years of service to the city.

Flags have been lowered at all city facilities.

Books of condolence will be available for the community to sign from Friday, Sept. 23 until Monday, Oct. 3. They will be at the main Municipal Offices, 225 East Beaver Creek Rd., during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at Richmond Hill Public Library’s Central Branch, 1 Atkinson St. during regular business hours