Opinion

Councillor will be missed

Dear Sir:

I cannot let the passing of Terrace city councillor Rich McDaniel and his imprint on me go without comment.

When I last saw him, he was aware of his condition, but not once did I hear him complain. He was too busy working on behalf of his adopted land to find time to complain.

Words cannot express my sorrow for his family and Terrace’s loss. When Rich comes to mind, the words gentleman, kindness and sincerity come to my mind.  Rich greatly represented Canada, B.C., Terrace and the North with an unmatched conviviality and passion. 

Through the years of getting to know the people in your region, I had the pleasure to know this fine person, a person whom represented Terrace with kindness, dignity and polish.

When I would come to Terrace it was most often Rich whom I’d see at a meeting - I even was able to see him in Ketchikan last year. 

Any event, where one might find something that would be was good for Terrace, the Northwest and North, would find councillor McDaniel beating a drum to boost it.

To me he epitomized the best your town, region, province and country.

Working with Rich and Terrace, for me and other Alaskans was part of a relearning process (of an understanding of the differences, and more importantly the similarities) between Alaskans and northern British Columbians.

I learned from Rich and others that irrespective of our differences, we might disagree all day, but in the end we are human beings who share many common threads that make us that way regardless of our nationalities, political ideologies, and other differences.

Terrace, B.C., Canada and the North have lost a priceless gem.

Terry Otness,

SEA Wind, LLC,

Juneau, Alaska

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