DELTA — Sylvia Bishop returned to council chambers last week, thanking residents for an outpouring of support following her husband's recent death.
The first-term councillor took a leave of absence from council after her husband, Robert Brown, lost his battle with cancer Aug. 13.
Bishop took a moment during the Sept. 9 council meeting to thank residents for the outpouring of kind wishes and support she and her family received after Brown's passing. She said she received countless emails and phone calls, as well as food, from residents.
"You have helped soften my family's sorrow, and for that I thank you," she said.
In early August, Bishop issued a statement to explain her absence from a July 29 regular council meeting.
She wrote that her husband had been admitted to the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner, an end-of-life care facility. Brown had advanced stage melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Bishop said he was diagnosed in 2009 and had a successful operation.
Bishop said they decided to celebrate then and go on a cruise, and shared with the media a photo of the two of them on that cruise.
Unfortunately, Brown's health took a turn for the worse and he passed away peacefully on Aug. 13 at the age of 59. He was a sales manager for steel companies and was an avid sports enthusiast, animal lover and family man.
"We have been together for 20 years - he was my best friend," Bishop said last month.
"We travelled a lot and we enjoyed a lot of the same things - good food, good wine, good times - we were very happy in our home."
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