Former North Bay mayor, Canadian veterinarian and local business owner Bruce Goulet died on Saturday

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Former North Bay mayor, Canadian veteran and local business owner Bruce Goulet died Saturday at Nipissing Manor in Corbeil.

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Goulet would have been 100 years old on May 16.

Goulet joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1942 and served in the United Kingdom, Central Mediterranean and Continental Europe during World War II. He returned to Toronto after the war in 1946 at the age of 23 years and 9 months.

Two years later he married his wife Jacqueline “Jackie” on November 13, 1948. “The love of his life” died on October 18, 2014.

The couple moved to North Bay in 1950 shortly after the birth of their first son, Michael. Her second son, Paul, was born in 1951.

Goulet worked three jobs as a taxi driver, wrestling announcer and office equipment service technician in North Bay until he joined JA Doddemeade, a representative for Office Specialty Mfg. Co. Located in North Bay.

In 1954 Bruce opened his own business, Bruce Office Supply on Cassells Street, then as the business grew he expanded to a larger location by purchasing the Zellers department store building linking the streets Main and Oak, which served as the first connecting gateway for buyers. the downtown of the city.

Goulet then expanded again to a separate location directly across Main Street; a unique selection of gift shops named La Promenade in the former Bank of Nova Scotia building which now exists as the Abbey under various owners.

Goulet became active in the North Bay community serving on several boards and commissions, including serving as president of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, director of the Rotary Club of North Bay, and chairman of the National Day Committee. Dominion (now Canada Day).

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He was also a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, as well as a former member of the United Nations Club of North Bay.

Goulet also gradually became active in municipal politics beginning in 1960 as an alderman, then as deputy mayor, and then as mayor of North Bay from 1971 to 1973.

Along with many others, Goulet lobbied for the preservation of North Bay’s waterfront as a “place of people” that would connect and integrate with the city’s downtown core and provide North Bay and the region unique access to the Lake Nipissing shoreline in the heart of the city. .

He named the section of land and the concept “The Golden Mile”.

On September 1, 2008, a sign declaring a section of Memorial Drive on the waterfront the “Gullet Golden Mile” was unveiled by then-Mayor Vic Fedeli.

Goulet was honored along with five other inaugural members with a spot on the North Bay Walk of Fame by Mayor Al McDonald on July 26, 2012.

In 2015, Goulet was one of 50 selected Canadians and groups to receive a special commemorative flag to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. The government has presented this proud Canadian symbol to individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the well-being of their fellow citizens.

Goulet’s son Michael is retired and resides in Burlington with his wife Carol and his youngest son Paul is retired and resides in Belleville with his wife Louise.

Goulet is survived by five grandchildren, Matthew, Adam, Shauna, Greg and Gilian and 5 great-grandchildren, Katie, Jack, Carter, Luke and Logan Bruce.

His family will receive friends at Martyn’s Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Interment will be held this spring at North Bay Union Cemetery.

If desired, donations to the Ukrainian Red Cross Fund would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.