A final farewell for former Montreal North mayor Yves Ryan

Chris Nardi / CJAD News

The pews were filled at Saint-Gertrude church in Montreal North as residents gathered for Yves Ryan's funeral.

Ryan was mayor of Montreal North for 38 years and won 10 consecutive elections between 1963 and 2001.

Many people at the ceremony remembered the former poltician as a mayor who cared deeply for the community.

"He was closer to his constituents than his own municipal administration", says Montreal North resident Jean Labelle.

The Montrealer says that, in turn, was great for taxpayers.

"He did a lot for the citizens of his city. We saved a lot of money under Yves Ryan", Labelle recalled.

Father Richard Saint-Louis, who gave the eulogy at the funeral, seemingly summarized many people's image of Yves Ryan in a simple anecdote.

"I remember, when I began getting involved in the community with my wife, I was working with the boy scouts and we really weren't rich. So often, we needed help organizing an event in a parc or another public area.

All we had to do was call the mayor and suddenly, things would work out."

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