Charlie Mann petition presented to council

Kincardine council report

by Pauline Kerr

Kincardine is one step closer to having a plaque erected in memory of Charlie Mann, Second World War hero and mayor of Kincardine for 14 years.
A petition started by Pamela Hallam and containing 21 names of people seeking public recognition of Mann was submitted to the arts, culture and heritage committee and received the committee’s support. The plaque would be placed in Victoria Park.
The petition was presented at the March 4 council meeting. Although there were additional pages that did not meet the municipal policy on petitions, a sufficient number did, and the petition was accepted. The pages that were not accepted are available at the clerk’s office.
The petition goes back to staff who will prepare a report for presentation to council.
Mann was a highly decorated Second World War veteran who served with the legendary Devil’s Brigade. He was presented with the Award of Excellence by Canada’s then-defence minister Peter McKay and veterans affairs minister Steven Blaney. He joined the nuclear industry after the war and came to Kincardine where he played a vital role in building the town into the thriving community it is today. He served as mayor for 14 years and was a dedicated volunteer who devoted untold hours to the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and Masonic Lodge, and a tireless community activist. Mann passed away in 2017 at the age of 94.