SUDBURY -- Flags are flying at half-mast at City Hall in Timmins until May 8 to honour the death of long-time local politician and educator Pat Bamford.

Bamford, who many in the community are a calling a "dedicated citizen," died on April 30.

Timmins Mayor George Pirie was quick to allude to Bamford’s contributions in the community on the city's website after hearing of Bamford's passing.

"Pat served our community with true dedication and commitment for many years, and he will certainly be missed by all who knew him. We would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this truly trying time, and it is our hope that all those grieving will find ways to connect, remember and celebrate the truly wonderful man he was," said Pirie.

Bamford formerly represented Ward 4 on city council and was involved in the development of the new Whitney Fire Hall as part of the Northern College Integrated Emergency Services Complex. He was also part of the upgrades to the East End sanitary system. Bamford also had a hand in securing financial support for the Connaught Museum.

The former councillor also served on various boards: the Timmins and District Hospital, Timmins Economic Development Corporation, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board, and Golden Manor Committee of Management.