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(Posted 1 p.m., Nov. 27)
Outgoing councillor Rainer Bloess given heartfelt send-off
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Rainer Boess will forever be remenbered as a man of the people who always put the interests of his constituents first. Photo circa 2004

During his 20 years in politics, Rainer Bloess was both well-liked and well-respected as evident by the large turnout at his retirement party Wednesday night.

The outgoing city councillor for Innes Ward was surrounded by family, friends and supporters, some of whom can trace their connection to Rainer back to when he was first elected to the former Gloucester city council in 1994.

Close to 300 people packed the banquet room at the Pineview Golf Club which was decorated with old campaign signs and banners. The theme of the evening was "The man, the whine, the legend". Guests were invited to pen their well-wishs on a series of placards, while a slide show documenting his 20-year career was beamed onto a large screen.

When it came time to address the crowd, Bloess couldn't help but make self-depreciating quip about the size of the crowd and the reception her received.

"I've never seen so many people so happy to see me leave," joked Bloess before summing up his 20-years of public service. "I've always operated on the theme that you should try and make a difference every day. He could be a small thing or it could be a big thing. Overall I think we made a difference."

Earlier in the day, Bloess was among the eight exiting city councilors honoured during the final meeting of the outgoing city council.

During his farewell speech said he could look back on his 20 years in office with “no regrets"

“Twenty years. Just like that. Gone,” Bloess said with an obvious lump in his throat.

After first getting elected to Gloucester city council in 1994, Bloess was reelected five times, once as a Gloucester city councillor in 1997, and four times to the newly formed Ottawa city council in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010. His only political defeat came in 2010 when he lost the federal Liberal nomination to David Bertschi.

For nearly half of his political career, Bloess has sat beside fellow east end councillor Bob Monette who says he will miss his colleague.

“I think I’m going to miss his sense of humour most, and his knowledge. He always had good advice and he knew his stuff,” Monette said during the evening send-off. “He was
great at tabling motions out of the blue without letting anyone know ahead of time."

Besides Monette, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney and West Carleton Coun. Eli El-Chantiry also paid tribute to Bloess who will soon be
setting off for a lengthy visit to South America with his partner Lynn Leduc.

His last official function as a city councillor will be an appearance in the Parade of Lights this Saturday. After that it’s bon voyage.

He will be missed by his constituents, especially those in his native Blackburn Hamlet where he is revered as one of their own. It is unlikely, however, that he will ever be forgotten. He even hinted during his speech a desire to remain involved in the community at some level.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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