Former longtime Vancouver city councillor Don Bellamy has died at the age of 91.
Bellamy was first elected in November 1976 and was re-elected 10 times, serving on council for 23 consecutive years until his retirement in 1999.
Before entering politics, Bellamy was a Vancouver police sergeant after he’d actively served in the military in 1944 as a 16-year-old gunner on corvettes and destroyers in the North Atlantic.
Bellamy also co-founded the White Spot Pipe Band for youth aged eight to 16, inspiring thousands of youngsters during his 30 years as the unit’s bandmaster and drumming instructor.
As a director of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association for 27 years, he helped develop industry-wide training programs and was inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2007.
Bellamy died on June 29 in a West Kelowna hospice after suffering from a number of age-related ailments.
He is survived by Ness, his wife of 71 years.