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City of Waterloo remembers former Mayor Herb Epp

Posted on Tuesday February 26, 2013

Picture of Herb Epp

(Waterloo, Ont. – Feb. 26, 2013) The provincial and city flags at City of Waterloo facilities are flying at half-mast in memory of Herb Epp, former Mayor of Waterloo and former member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario. 

“We have lowered our flags as a tribute to Herb Epp, a man who loved his community and dedicated his life to helping others,” said Mayor Brenda Halloran. 

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Herb Epp began his studies in political science and history at Waterloo College, now Wilfrid Laurier University. He continued his studies at University of Toronto, where he was awarded a Masters of Education in 1972. 

He met and married Jane Snider in Waterloo, where he remained, raising his family and serving the community. 

A teacher and guidance counselor for fifteen years, Mayor Epp served as Waterloo Alderman from 1968 to 1974 and Regional Councillor from 1975 to 1977. He was first elected Mayor of Waterloo in 1974 and acclaimed in 1976. Mayor Epp made the transition to provincial politics in 1977 when he was elected member of the Ontario Legislature. 

After almost 23 years in public life, Epp made the shift back to private life, but remained very active in the community. 

He served on the Waterloo Wellington Airport Commission, the Boards of Governors of the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, the Catholic Family Counselling Centre and Family and Children’s services. 

Epp also served as president of The Canadian Institute of International Affairs (Waterloo Region) and president of the Kitchener-Waterloo Rotary Club. 

In November, 2003, Epp was again elected and served as Mayor of the City of Waterloo until 2006. In 2012, Epp was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his commitment and many years of service. 

During his tenure as Mayor of Waterloo, Epp supported two multi-million dollar projects – the UpTown Waterloo Public Square and the YMCA/John M. Harper Library. His foresight helped propel these venues as two of the most popular in the city, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. 

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