The seventy-two-year-old Huntingdon resident killed after being struck by a car Saturday night is being remembered as a vibrant, fun-loving man who will be dearly missed by his friends and family.
Robert McGee was a local historian, event organizer and a generous, caring person, says his cousin Walter McGee.
The family is still reeling from the shock but McGee's death is considered a big blow to the local community, especially the town's Irish Catholics.
Walter McGee says his cousin, who was his best man at his wedding and was godfather to his daughter, was a prime mover in the town's social calendar.
"He was the one who would organize the Canada Day parade and make arrangements for the musicians, he would organize the St. Patrick's Society's annual show, he would get all the entertainers and would participate in singing," he said. "He would be master of ceremonies, just the life of the party."
Former Huntingdon mayor Stephane Gendron worked with McGee to preserve the town's bilingual status when the provincial government tried to revoke it.
He says McGee was an influential voice in the local anglophone community.
"We had many issues with the government over the years regarding the survival of the English community," he said. "He was very involved, but very conservative in his approach."
He adds that he often butted heads with McGee over local matters, but in the end had an enourmous amount of respect for him.
"Three months before I left my position as mayor last year, I told Mr. McGee, 'You know, we had fights together, but I will miss you. I really love you.' And he started laughing."
Police say the 32-year-old driver struck three other vehicles after killing McGee. He faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and impaired drivign causing death.