Cambridge, Ontario. Oct. 15, 2019 - Councillor Frank Monteiro, who served the residents of Ward 7 in South East Galt since 2010, passed away this morning just before 11a.m. surrounded by his family.
"It is with a heavy heart that I extend our deepest condolences on behalf of Cambridge City Council to Frank’s wife Fatima, his daughter Taylor, son Jeffery and his grandchildren, Neveah, and Leo, who he absolutely adored,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry.
“Frank was a wonderful advocate for Cambridge and his constituents and he approached every issue with empathy, passion and common sense. His work over the years has made the City a stronger and better place, and he will be missed immensely by many in this community."
Councillor Monteiro will be remembered for his championship of a variety of important initiatives, including the Farmer’s Market, downtown development, community safety, and recreation opportunities.
He was always known for fighting for the underdog and did his research on every issue and opportunity, saying to staff: “Give me the good, bad and the ugly.”His infectious laugh and nicknames will be fondly missed by everyone at City Hall.
His wife, Fatima, thanks the community, city council, city employees and hospital staff, for their loving care of Frank during his time in the hospital. The family greatly appreciates the large number of visitors who came to see Frank to show their love and support over the last few weeks.
Councillor Monteiro served as a police officer with the Waterloo Regional Police for 35 years before running for local government in Cambridge.He was both the first Portuguese police officer and the first Portuguese city councillor in the region and was always proud to represent his heritage.
A message to the community written by Councillor Monteiro will be read this evening during Council.
Flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-mast in Councillor Monteiro’s honour. Books of condolence will be available at City Hall beginning tomorrow for staff and members of the public to express their condolences.