'Father of Nepean' D.A. Moodie dies at 99
The "Father of Nepean," Douglas Aubrey Moodie, has died at the age of 99.
Born July, 22 1908, Moodie was deputy reeve of the Township of Nepean from 1950 to 1953, and reeve from 1954 until 1969. He was the only warden in Carleton County Council's 127-year history to serve three terms, in 1955, 1962 and 1966.
"Without his vision and foresight, we would not have the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, as he played a key role in convincing the provincial government to build this important facility in the west end," said Jim Watson MPP for Ottawa-west Nepean in a release.
"I was honoured to know Aubrey and want to express my sympathies to his family, friends and many admirers from Nepean and beyond."
Under Moodie's guidance, the west-end suburb of Ottawa grew from a rural farming community of 16,500 at the beginning of the 1960s to a thriving business centre of 60,000 by 1969.
"Moodie instilled the values of common sense, hard work and spending within your means," Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Polievre said.
Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa Macleod visited him just before he died to thank him for all he did for his community.
Moodie remained active well into 90s and was the last person with a driver's licence at his retirement home, Richmond Lodge.
In recent years, he frequently attended city and community events and his autobiography, The Spirit of Nepean, was published in 2003.