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Former Pitt Meadows councillor passes away

Sybren (Sieb) Swierstra, 80, was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada in 1950 to work on a dairy farm.  - The New/Files
Sybren (Sieb) Swierstra, 80, was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada in 1950 to work on a dairy farm.
— image credit: The New/Files

A former Pitt Meadows councillor who helped organize Remembrance ceremonies in the city for years passed away two days before this year’s event.

Sybren (Sieb) Swierstra, 80, was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada in 1950 to work on a dairy farm.

He entered politics as a director on the Dewdney Alouette Regional District and went on to serve as a councillor in Pitt Meadows for three terms.

Swierstra, with Walter Laseur, helped plan Pitt Meadows cenotaph and organize Remembrance Day ceremonies in the city.

A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel, 11969-216th Street.

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