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Remembering Former Mayor and Member of Parliament Elsie Wayne




Mayor Don Darling and Members of Saint John Common Council extend condolences to the family of Elsie Wayne, who died on August 23. Mrs. Wayne was the first female Mayor of the City of Saint John and went on to represent the City as Member of Parliament.

“Mrs. Wayne first showed her dedication to the City of Saint John by running for Councillor. She coined the phrase ‘Greatest Little City in the East’ and worked tirelessly to promote Saint John. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends,” said Mayor Don Darling.

Mrs. Wayne was first elected to Saint John City Council in 1977 and served two, three-year terms. She was elected Saint John Mayor in 1983 and served four consecutive three-year terms until 1995. She was Mayor when the City celebrated its Bicentennial in 1985.

Mrs. Wayne served as the MP for Saint John from 1995 until 2004.

In addition to numerous community awards and recognition, she received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, St. Thomas University in Fredericton and Husson College in Maine.

To honour the former Mayor and MP, the public is invited to sign a book of condolence on the 8th floor of Saint John City Hall (15 Market Square) beginning Wednesday, August 24 from  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., until Friday, August 26 at 4:30 pm. Flags will be lowered to half-mast at City Hall and main City facilities until sunset on the day of the funeral. Funeral arrangements will be announced when they become available.