Elliot Lake Mayor thanks community for support after tragedy

Mayor Dan Marchisella
Mayor Dan Marchisella

ELLIOT LAKE, ON – Elliot Lake Mayor Dan Marchisella has thanked his community during a city council meeting for their continued support after the death of his teenage son.

“As all are aware, our family is still recovering from the loss of our 17-year-old son’s life in the last two weeks,” he told a meeting last week. “Brody was a thoughtful and caring young man who was beginning to show much potential for his future. No words can express the loss that has been felt not only by our whole family but all who knew him,” he said.

“He was an amazing son. He was an amazing brother, and he was a really good friend. No parent should ever have to experience this type of pain and emptiness, but I will say, we were blessed to have you in our lives, Brody.”

Marchisella publicly announced the passing of his son Brody in a Facebook post shared on August 31.

He told the council meeting that his family and friends were able to have a private farewell, and he thanked everyone who participated.

“I want to express my gratitude to the EMS staff that was led by Dennis Bastien, the OPP that arrived on site led by Sgt. Gordon, Const. Hutchinson, Const. Young, and Commander Sturgeon. Your caring consideration for our family was absolutely extraordinary and we are truly grateful to all of you, along with the ladies from the Counselling Centre of East Algoma for jumping in immediately and taking care of my other two children and my mother,” he said.

“Fire Chief John Thomas, I wish he was here this evening, alongside William Elliot. The time you took for us I know was your personal time, and it was to help add closure, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am. I can’t thank you both enough. I am forever in your debt.”

Marchisella also thanked council members and city staff for going out their way to comfort his family during this difficult time.

“Both myself and my family have been overwhelmed by the care and compassion we’ve received from this whole community and from our neighbouring communities. It’s absolutely amazing, so thank you everyone,” he said.

“As any who have been through this sort of trauma, you would know that there will always be a void. Myself being a person who believes everything happens for a reason, this one I still can’t figure out. What I can tell you, though, is that this tragedy has tightened the bonds with our family and friends and made us realize just how precious the time together really is.”

While there have been a lot of questions about the mayor’s position on council, he gave a brief statement about his office.

“I just want everyone to know that I am still committed to this community and I will continue to strive to do the best job that I can for Elliot Lake as long as I have the privilege of sitting in this chair.”

By: Colleen Romaniuk, The Sudbury Star, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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