Long-time Fort Erie councillor, Don Lubberts, remembered for dedication to community

Fort Erie is mourning the loss of one of its devoted public servants, Donald George Lubberts, who passed away on February 13, 2024, at the age of 67.

Lubberts, a Crystal Beach native, dedicated 12 years of his life to serving the community as a town councillor from 2010 to 2022. His commitment to the betterment of the Town of Fort Erie was evident in his active involvement with various community organizations. Lubberts served on the Town’s Environmental Advisory Committee, the Fort Erie SPCA, the Cemetery Advisory Committee, the Crystal Beach Business Improvement Area (BIA), and participated in appeal committees and numerous standing committees throughout the years.

Mayor Wayne Redekop recalled Lubberts as a tenacious representative, stating, “When Don committed to an issue or a project, he was literally all in. To say he was persistent would be an understatement.” The Mayor extended condolences on behalf of council to Lubberts’ family and friends. In honour of his memory, flags at town hall and municipal facilities will fly at half-mast until his funeral next week.

Credit: Williams Funeral Services

In 2022, Lubberts made the decision not to seek re-election after serving three terms on the council. In an interview with the Fort Erie Post, he expressed his belief in term limits, emphasizing the importance of fresh ideas in politics. Lubberts, who had represented Ward 5, played a crucial role in opposing the development of a 12-storey condominium tower at Bay Beach during his tenure.

Reflecting on his achievements during his time in office, Lubberts highlighted the successful thwarting of the condo project and the subsequent $3-million transformation of the beach entrance in 2018. He also took pride in the restoration of Point Abino Lighthouse and the minimal tax increases implemented during his tenure.

Health issues in 2018, including surgery to repair his aortic artery, did not deter Lubberts from his responsibilities. He remained dedicated to serving the community until his retirement from municipal politics.

Fishing, boating, and golf were among Lubberts’ passions, and his love for animals led him to serve on the Fort Erie SPCA Board for many years. Despite battling health issues in recent years, Lubberts maintained a positive spirit, earning him the affectionate nickname “Bionic Man” among hospital staff.

Don Lubberts leaves behind a legacy of dedication, community service, and a genuine love for Fort Erie. Visitation to pay respects will be held at Williams Funeral Services in Ridgeway on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., with the funeral service scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Fort Erie SPCA.

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