Brian Turner remembers Carleton Place Councillor Theresa Fritz as dedicated to family an service
As the flag on Carleton Place’s town hall flew at half-staff in memory of Councilor Theresa Fritz yesterday, tributes and condolences poured onto social media and into the town hall revealing the extent of her active involvement in not only municipal politics, but in many other areas of the community, and how much she will be missed.
Theresa passed away suddenly on Sunday due to a reported heart attack at her home with her husband Scott and son Shane.
Our Brian Turner knew Theresa for most of her time as a resident of the town and shared his thoughts on the sudden loss.
I was fortunate enough to have volunteered with Theresa on the board of the Carleton Place and District Youth Centre as it was known at the time. She also covered town hall issues as a reporter for the Carleton Place Canadian when I sat on council for 2 terms. I enjoyed the role reversal over the last few years as I sat at the media desk and reported on Theresa as a most effective and engaged councilor.
She was never one to shirk from helping out when the need arose and served on various boards, filling enough volunteer shifts for several lifetimes. She was a member of the board for the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Foundation, Lanark County Interval House, and the local United Way as well as serving on the Carleton Place Minor Hockey Association executive.
She was a very supportive member of the Carleton Place Police Services board and officers with the service were among the throngs of people expressing their shock and grief at her passing.
Theresa was a dedicated and caring leader and volunteer who was passionate about causes in support of those in need and her actions and dedication have improved our community in so many ways.
Carleton Place council has cancelled today’s meeting in view of these tragic circumstances and Mayor Doug Black summed it up best when he said that things just won’t be the same without her. Our thoughts go out to her family.
Of the many comments posted online, many spoke to the importance of family to Theresa. She wanted to make her community better for all, but most importantly her son. Theresa is being mourned by her husband Scott, her son Shane, her extended family, many friends and colleagues.