Saturday, June 12, 2010

Long time Prince Rupert icon passes away

Mike Tarr, one of Prince Rupert's most respected citizens has passed away leaving a legacy of service to the city that will be hard to be matched by many, leaving a good number of city residents to mourn his death.  

In a press release issued on June 11th, Northern Savings announced the news of his passing and outlined the impact of his almost twenty five years of service to the Credit Union movement in the city, which saw him oversee the expansion of the local financial institution into a participant of regional and provincial importance.

News of the passing of Mr. Tarr, the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Savings Credit Union will resonate across the city far beyond the offices of the financial institution he served with for those twenty five years.

During his time with the Credit Union, he was also a member of many local and provincial organizations, among them: a  member of the Northern Development Initiative Trust Board of Directors, Director and former Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Canadian Cooperative Agricultural Finance Co. Ltd., former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ridley Terminals Incorporated, and former Director and Vice Chairman of the Prince Rupert Port Corporation.

Over the years Mr. Tarr also served Prince Rupert in a number of roles chief among them as a Director of the Prince Rupert Airport Society, Prince Rupert Economic Commission, and the Prince Rupert Library Board.

For many residents however he was probably most recognized for his role in education, a much respected member of School District 52, where he at one time served as a school principal within the District.

His legacy to the city is one of service, whether it was with a board of education, a board of directors or member of a committee, he blazed a trail and was considered a mentor for many in the community, with his passing a bit of Prince Rupert leadership has passed on with him.

No details on the funeral arrangements have been released, though it is anticipated that further information will be made available through the Northern Savings website.

The Northern View-- Credit union head passes away

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