Freeman of the City - History and Honourees


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History

Established in 1950, Bathurst’s Freeman of the City Award is an honorary title reserved to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. 

It is the municipality’s highest form of recognition and acknowledgement for achievement of distinction, recognition and acknowledgement when someone put their life at risk to safe another and a recognition of local heroes. 


Honourees

Since its inception, the Freeman of the City Award has been awarded 57 times. The honourees are listed below:

1950

  • Douglas Charles Abbott, Q.C. (Ottawa)
  • Maurice Edward Bathurst (England)
  • Reverend Johnston Alexander Cooper (Bathurst)
  • Lambert Douglas Densmore, M.D. (Bathurst)
  • Chesley George Eddy (Bathurst)
  • George Gilbert, K.C. (Bathurst)
  • Most Reverend Camille André Leblanc (Nova Scotia)
  • A.R. Mearle Smith (Bathurst)
  • John Gustavus Stout (Bathurst)
  • Honorable Clarence Joseph Veniot (Bathurst)
  • Richard Lawrence Weldon (Montreal)
  • Sir James Hamet Dunn, Q.C. (Bathurst)

1953

  • Honorable Vincent Massey (Ontario)

1961

  • James Gordon Chalmers (Bathurst)
  • Joseph Edward Connolly (Bathurst)
  • Kenneth Colin Irving (Saint John)
  • Richard Arnold Irwin (Montreal)
  • Honorable Justice Albany M. Robichaud, Q.C. (Bathurst)

1962

  • Judge J.L. Ryan (Bathurst)

1966

  • Gerald Riordon (Bathurst)

1970

  • Donald A. Thompson, M.C. (Bathurst)

1974

  • Reverend Maurice LeBlanc (Nova Scotia)

1977

  • Jean Drapeau (Montreal)
  • Honorable Roland B. Michener (Ottawa)

1980

  • Dr. J. Ernest Picot (Bathurst)
  • J. Harper Kent (Bathurst)
  • Gilchrist MacDonald (Bathurst)
  • Huntley Ferguson (Bathurst)
  • Reverend E. Russell Woodside (Bathurst)

1983

  • Miss Frances Fournier (Bathurst)

1984

  • 2nd Battalion. the Royal New Brunswick Regiment (North Shore)

1986

  • Frank Mersereau (Bathurst)

1991

  • Florence Roussy (Bathurst)
  • Searle Leach (Manitoba)
  • Richard Cormier (Bathurst)

1993

  • Hilaire Birdeau (Bathurst)
  • Robert A. Archibald (Bathurst)
  • Glendon Eddy (Bathurst)
  • Paddy Meahan (Bathurst)

1997

  • Keith Dobson (Bathurst)
  • Edouard S. Eddie (Bathurst)
  • Edythe Hatheway (Bathurst)

2000

  • Patrick McLaughlin (Bathurst)
  • Dr. J.D. Carson (Bathurst)

2003

  • Ian Tower (Bathurst)
  • Les Religieuses Hospitalières de St. Joseph (Bathurst)
  • Fenton and Clara Daley (Bathurst)

2008

  • Doug and Berry Kyle (Industrial Rubber Inc.) (Bathurst)
  • Emile Pitre (Bathurst)
  • North Shore Regiment « D » Company (Bathurst)

2011

  • Ethel Mae Branch (Bathurst)
  • Roger Clinch (Bathurst)
  • Jessica Ryan (Bathurst)
  • Daryll Stothart (Bathurst)
  • Dr. D.A. Wade (Bathurst)

2015

  • Chris Fisher (Bathurst)
  • Norman R. Young (Bathurst)

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