Betty Fitzger­ald bids farewell to may­oral life at re­tire­ment party

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET BON­AV­ISTA, N.L. jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

This past mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion marked an end of an era, as Bon­av­ista Mayor Betty Fitzger­ald bid farewell to po­lit­i­cal life, choos­ing not run for an­other term.

Fitzger­ald had been mayor of the com­mu­nity for 20 years be­fore de­cid­ing to step down.

On Satur­day evening, Oct. 7, Fitzger­ald held a re­tire­ment party at the Bon­av­ista Fire Hall, sur­rounded by fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers.

She told The Packet she was glad to fi­nally be step­ping back from the fore­front.

“When you get to a cer­tain point in your life … it’s time to look at what you’re go­ing to do in the fu­ture and let some­body else take the course and go with it,” said Fitzger­ald.

She wishes the town the best of luck in the fu­ture, how­ever, this re­tire­ment doesn’t mean she will be step­ping away from vol­un­teer­ing, in­clud­ing work on many groups in town, like the Matthew Legacy and Health Care com­mit­tees.

“I wish all the best for the new coun­cil and mayor and I hope they will do a great job for the peo­ple … and con­tinue work­ing to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of the peo­ple.”

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

Betty Fitzger­ald at her re­tire­ment party on Satur­day with some mem­bers of the Bon­av­ista-Trin­ity Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

Fitzger­ald’s party was held at the Bon­av­ista Fire Hall.

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