Former Erin village councillor passes away

Town councillors paid tribute to longtime community pillar and former Erin village councillor Doug Follett, who passed away after experiencing a fall.

At the Oct. 18 council meeting, Mayor Allan Alls announced Follett was in the hospital due to a “bad fall.”

On Oct. 26 Alls announced Follett, 93, had succumbed to his injuries.

Follett died on Oct. 21 at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville.

In an address to the public, Alls said Follett is survived by his wife Pauline, sister Joyce and four-legged buddy Wade.

He had four children from a previous marriage Deirdre (Kim) of British Columbia, Peter of India, Steven (Kaarina) of British Columbia and Meg (Eddie) of Toronto, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Follett served as a councillor for Erin village for two terms in the early 1990s and was a regular at Town of Erin council meetings.

After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in 1947, Follett worked in the planning and engineering field until his retirement.

Follett received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.

“On behalf of council and the staff, our sincerest condolences to the family of Doug Follett,” said Alls.

“As you know, he attended virtually every council meeting here and he will be missed.”

Council, staff and members of the public observed a moment of silence at the meeting.

At his request, a remembrance gathering for Follett will be held next spring.

Donations in Douglas’ memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Cards are available at the Butcher Family Funeral Home and condolences can be sent at