Former Stellarton mayor Clarence Porter passes away

Published on July 28, 2014
Clarence Porter

Former Mayor of Stellarton Clarence Porter has passed away.

Porter served nine years as mayor from Nov. 1988 to Oct. 1997.

Current mayor Joe Gennoe never served on council at the same time as Porter, but knew him most of his life as his parents were friends with the Porters.

“He was a mentor of mine,” Gennoe said. “He was a hardworking, good honest man.”

Aside from serving on council, Porter was known for his family’s lumber and building supply business, D. Porter and Son Ltd.

Town Clerk Joyce Eaton said during his term on council, the town celebrated it’s 100th anniversary and Porter was one of the one’s instrumental in the founding of the annual Homecoming festival which was held this weekend.

Porter was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish , was a Life Member and District Deputy of the Knights of Columbus.

He was Chairman and past President of the Children’s Aide Society of Pictou County, Board Member of the Nova Scotia Kidney Foundation, and Board Member of St. F.X. University. Of all his endeavors outside family and business interests, his greatest personal satisfaction came from his involvement with the Children’s Aide Society.

He was a member of the Canadian Lumber Standards Association. He was Past President of the following groups and associations: Nova Scotia Forest Products; Lumber Manufacturing Association of N.S.; Maritime Retail Building Supply Dealers Association; and the Canadian Building Supply Dealer’s Association . He was influential in forming the first buying group for building materials in the Atlantic Provinces, known as “Allont”.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday at H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with Father Peter MacDonald officiating.