Long-time Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan has died.
A statement Tuesday from the County of Peterborough expresses condolences to Macmillan’s wife, family, friends and the community.
“It was with deep sadness and regret that Northumberland County Council and staff received news today of Hector Macmillan, County Councillor and Mayor of the Municipality of Trent Hills.
“Councillor Macmillan was an absolute force to be reckoned with. Throughout his 14 years as an elected official, he expressed an unwavering dedication and commitment to the betterment of his community.
Macmillan most recently made headlines when his battle with pancreatic cancer required a surgical treatment referred to as “nanoknife” cthat was then unavailable in Ontario. He fought tirelessly to have that changed and eventually took the treatment in Germany.
Earlier this year, the Ontario government launched a pilot of the treatment – a procedure that attempts to destroy cancer cells with electricity.
Macmillan was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2016 and told he had “a maximum of 11 months to live.”
More to come.