It’s difficult and heart-wrenching to lose someone whose prime drive in life is a sense of duty to those around him.
Not everyone agreed with George Megeney 100 per cent of the time – some perhaps not even 50. But that would tie in with one of this man’s many strengths – like anyone dedicated to a cause, or their community, they will find that decisions are difficult and complex. Simply doing what seems popular, any seasoned politician will note, is not necessarily the right answer.
People throughout Pictou County and beyond were shocked to hear of Megeney’s passing on Monday – deputy mayor in Stellarton, a longtime town councillor, former military man and police officer and a genuinely kind and friendly man, always ready to pitch in.
His friend and colleague on council, Mayor Joe Gennoe, described him as a team player and one who always had the best interests of Stellarton at heart.
He also lent a hand to many local organizations and community events.
The last number of years have been an interesting and challenging time for the Town of Stellarton – the ongoing development of the Albion Power Centre business park has ranked high on the list. Along with that have come deliberations regarding local governance, the police force and many other issues.
It has been a busy time and by no means easy, requiring tireless dedication.
In years before being elected to council, Megeney was one of those citizens who followed the issues closely, along with the performance of those who were in office at the time.
There’s where the difference among people in relation to their community starts to shape up. Some pay little or no attention to local politics – although they might still be quick to find fault. Some offer criticism but stop short of getting involved.
The more rare individuals, like Megeney, will roll up their sleeves, toss their hat in the ring and help get the work done. And whether or not we agree with all his decisions we thank him for that.