For­mer MP, uncle of Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre, dies

The Sudbury Star - - LOCAL -

A for­mer Northern On­tario MP and the uncle of cur­rent Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre has died.

Benoît Serré—one of three Ser­res to serve in Par­lia­ment — was 68.

“My uncle Ben served as a fed­eral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the Lib­eral Party rep­re­sent­ing the con­stituents of Temiskam­ing-French River and Temiskam­ing-Cochrane from 1993 un­til his re­tire­ment in 2004,” Marc Serre said in a state­ment. “He was the first fran­co­phone to be elected in that rid­ing.

“His brother, my fa­ther, Gae­tan Serré, also served as MP for Nickel Belt from 1968 to 1972. I am truly hum­bled and proud to have fol­lowed their paths of pub­lic ser­vice since be­ing elected as MP for Nickel Belt in 2015.”

Born in Chelms­ford, Serré was a teacher, ac­coun­tant and busi­ness con­sul­tant be­fore en­ter­ing politics.

In his first speech to the House of Commons in 1994, S er re noted how large the Te mi ska ming-French River rid­ing was, and lamented how the min­ing in­dus­try had faded in the area, which he blamed on the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment.

“For me,” he said, “my rid­ing will al­ways come first. I want to thank the peo­ple of Temiskam­ing-French River for putting their faith in me. I want to tell each and every­one of them how proud and hon­oured I feel to be their voice in Ottawa.”

Serré, who died May 11, was sur­rounded by his two daugh­ters Ginette St Ge­orges (Michel) and Julie Serre (Ken El­liott) and his grand­chil­dren — Stephanie (Sam), Me­lanie (Chris), Erik, Darren (Amy) and Miguel (Sa­man­tha).

He leaves be­hind three great-grand­sons; Sawyer, Kaiden, Theodore and many brothers and sis­ters; Pauline (Ron­ald), Florence, Adri­enne, Lu­cien (Jeanne), Bernard (Leti­cia), Gerry (Betty), Mar­cel, Eu­gene (Pa­tri­cia, Daniel (Sylvie).

He was pre­de­ceased by Gae­tan, Ubald, An­dre, Claude, Lil­ianne and Therese.

For those wish­ing to pay their re­spects and of­fer con­do­lences, a Cel­e­bra­tion of his Life will be held at the War­ren Arena at 39 La­fontaine Rd. in War­ren on Satur­day, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Upon my uncle Ben’ s im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies re­quest, for those wish­ing to make do­na­tions, please send them to In­dige­nous Women’s Is­sues,” Marc Serre said.

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre with his uncle Ben, a for­mer MP in Northern On­tario. Ben Serre died this week.

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