“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, and wish to extend our sympathies to his family,” said Director of Emergency and Protective Services and Fire Chief, John Okum.
Andy dedicated much of his career to providing a safe haven to animals – and particularly to those who were abused or no longer wanted.
He founded Big Sky Ranch in 2002, initially as a hobby farm, that would become home to so many animals who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. The community has rallied time and again to support the Sanctuary with financial contributions, feed for the animals, and shelter donations.
“On behalf of Council and the Municipality, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Parent’s family and colleagues during this difficult time,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“We are very appreciative of Mr. Parent’s service to the Municipality through our unique and caring partnership in animal control, not to mention the invaluable animal sanctuary he established that continues to serve our community and much of eastern Ontario,” added Mayor Peckford.
North Grenville’s flags at the Municipal Centre and Fire Station have been lowered to half-mast.
The family has requested for those wishing to express their condolences to please consider a donation to the Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, research specific.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a funeral service at this time.
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