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Local Historian Remembered For His Work Showing The Positives Of Fort McMurray Passes Away

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Local Historian Remembered For His Work Showing The Positives Of Fort McMurray Passes Away

Photo courtesy of Rose Beaton

Condolences are coming in for a local historian who passed away over the weekend.

Norm Boucher, known for starting the Facebook page “Fort McMurray and Area Historic Photos”, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 52.

His sister, Rose Beaton, tells Mix News he started the page to help end the stigma around Fort McMurray.

“He loved our hometown and he didn’t like the negative press that other people were painting Fort McMurray as dirty oil.”

But as the reality continued to settle in, talking about her brother was tough.

“It’s been hard for the whole family, he was younger than I am. I just spoke to him a few days ago, before I went to Edmonton, and he was fine.”

“We’re all still in shock.”

Before he passed away he put in an application to change the name of one of the streets, near the Snye, to recognize the work his family has done for the area.

Councillor Jane Stroud tells us it will go in front of one of the RMWB’s committees, where they will decide if this can go to Council for their approval. Stroud says she’s hoping it moves forward.

As for the next step for the family, they’re focusing on his funeral which has been scheduled for February 22nd.

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