Remembering Jack Pitter During Black History Month

Jack Pitter was Turner Valley’s first black mayor. He was a local businessman as well. Jack passed away in 2015. He had a great love for the community he called home!

My Great Grandma Iona Powell was invited to be one of the dignitaries at Turner Valley’s 60th Anniversary celebration in 1990. She helped cut the cake along with Mayor Pitter and past Mayor Minue (on her left). (Tracey Walshaw)

From his obituary:

Ormal Selvin Jack Pitter

SEPTEMBER 28, 1934 – JANUARY 3, 2015

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of Jack Pitter on Saturday, January 3, 2015 after a short stay at Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Jack is survived by his loving wife Lorrie, son Bob (Heidi) and daughter Linda (Dean). He was the proud grandpa to Garrett, Dayna and Angeline and brother to Aston.

Jack’s life has carried him from the tropical waters of Jamaica, where his early years were spent as an avid sailor, engineer/businessman, Rotarian, 5000 Sea Mile Medal holder and Commodore of the RJYC, to a long and diverse life in Western Canada as an underwriter and entrepreneur. Jack was predeceased by his mother and father, his brother Ken, and sister Edna. As past Mayor of Turner Valley, member of the Highwood Business Development Council, Past President of the Federation of Calgary Communities, member of the Canada Pension Tribunal, an active Community leader in Calgary’s political scene, respected businessman in Elkford and Creston BC, Jack was a man strong in faith with a great sense of community duty.

A Memorial Service will be held at South Calgary Funeral Centre, 12700 Macleod Trail South, Calgary (at Lake Fraser Gate) on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:00 am with Pastor Jeff Friesen of Creston Baptist Church officiating.

A burial tribute with support from the Canadian Legion Branch 78, will be held at 2:00 pm in the Foothills Cemetery, Turner Valley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (#204, 1608 – 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0E3) or Heart & Stroke Foundation, (#200, 119 – 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6).