It is with much sadness and a very heavy heart that the Town of Oromocto announces the passing of former mayor, Fay Tidd. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, 9 November 2023. Fay was 94 years old.
Born Fay Switzer on a farm in the Ottawa Valley, graduated from Lisgar Collegiate, entered a nursing programme at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, married a military member and lived in many areas of Canada before arriving in Oromocto in 1970. She was a proud mother of four sons and one daughter.
Fay Tidd studied at the University of New Brunswick and with the Appraisal Institue of Canada to attain the Fellow of the Real Estate Institute Designation. She was President of the Fredericton Real Estate Board, 1982, 1983 and 1987. She managed a real estate office for 29 years. Mrs. Tidd served four terms as Mayor of Oromocto (1989-1995) (1998-2001) (2004-2008) and (2008-2012). She was also appointed as an Honourary Colonel of the 403 Helicopter Squadron for 7 years. In addition her volunteer work was extensive. She was Chair of the United Way Campaign, President of the Fredericton/Oromocto United Way Board, President of the Oromocto and Area Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Ultrasound fundraising campaign, Church Warden, served on the Planning and Appeal Board, Founding Member of Crime Stoppers Oromocto and the Oromocto Public Hospital Foundation.
Fay has been recognized numerous times for her contributions, notably receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal in February of this year, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012. In 1996, she was awarded the Louise Breau Award for her dedication to Community and Province and received the Paul Harris Award by the Rotary Foundation.
Today is a sad day in our community as we grieve the passing of Oromocto's longest-serving mayor, Fay Tidd,” said Mayor Bob Powell. “Fay was not only a mentor and political role model to me, but an outstanding individual who worked tirelessly for the residents of her beloved community." Today, I join with our community in expressing my sincere condolences to Fay’s family and friends.”
Flags at all municipal buildings will be lowered to half mast in her honour. The public is invited to pay their respects to Oromocto’s longest serving mayor Fay Tidd through books of condolences available at the Oromocto municipal building and at the Fay Tidd Library. The books are now available for public signing until Thursday evening, 16th November.
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