Former Pitt Meadows councillor passes away

Sieb Swierstra served as a councillor in Pitt Meadows for three terms

Sybren (Sieb) Swierstra

Sybren (Sieb) Swierstra

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.