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LETTER: Mulroney remembers Baynes as 'an inspiration'

'Gary was a caring man, a cherished colleague and a dear friend,' says Caroline Mulroney
MPP Caroline Mulroney, MP Scot Davidson, Mayor Rob Keffer and members of council remember friend and colleague Gary Baynes. Natasha Philpott/BradfordToday File Photo

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My family is deeply saddened by the loss of Bradford West Gwillimbury Councillor, Gary Baynes, and we extend our deepest condolences to the Baynes family and the entire Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury for this great loss.  

I met Gary as I was beginning my own political career. I will never forget our first meeting. He told many funny stories, as he spoke of the work that he loved to do for BWG, and he talked about growing up on his family’s dairy farm.

He did great work in the community on so many issues. In particular, he encouraged young people to remain active, through the Town’s Walk ‘n Wheel Wednesdays at the local elementary schools and the community hikes on trails.  

In addition to his dedication towards his constituents, Gary always had time for his colleagues and friends.

He was a great friend to me, always kind, thoughtful and very supportive, and shared a strong bond with my daughter Miranda.  

Gary was a caring man, a cherished colleague and a dear friend. It was a privilege for me to have had the opportunity to know and work with Gary. He had a remarkable outlook on life and he was an inspiration to us all.  I will miss him dearly.

Caroline Mulroney
MPP for York-Simcoe