A Bruderheim councillor has passed away.
Garry Bottorff, a newly elected council member, died on Tuesday (Apr.24) after his battle with cancer.
In January, Bottorff took a medical leave of absence. 
"Garry was a friend to all those who met him and a passionate leader in the community. The Town of Bruderheim extends our condolences and prayers to them during this difficult time," said mayor Karl Hauch.
On Tuesday, Strathcona County held a moment of silence at their council meeting.
"Our condolences are to the Bottorff family. It's shocking, it's somebody in our line of work so we sympathize the sacrifices he and his family go through, our thoughts are with the family," said mayor Rod Frank.
After the 2017 municipal election in Bruderheim, he gained 195 votes, second highest of all council candidates.
Bottorff represented council on committees including: Bruderheim Municipal Library Board, Emergency Management Committee, Alberta HUB and the Northern Lights Library System Board.
A funeral service will be held at the Bruderheim Community Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Apr.28).
The town will be holding a by-election to fill his spot.
Bottorff is survived by his wife Susan and children.

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