The City of Melfort as well as MLA’s around the province are mourning the loss of MLA and Former Mayor of Melfort, Kevin Phillips.
Phillips passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 63.
Mayor Rick Lang said he was fortunate to have spent time on city council with Phillips as the Mayor.
“Kevin always put full effort into the position because he believed in it and he believed in the city of Melfort,” Said Lang. “It’s sad to hear of his passing, we’ve lost a terrific human being.”
Phillips many accomplishments for the Northeast region include the new domestic violence shelter for Melfort which was the first to open in Saskatchewan since 1989.
Most recently, Phillips was serving as the Deputy Whip on the Government’s House Leadership team.
Lang said another highlight would be the the construction of the Kerry Vickar Centre during Phillips time as Mayor of the city.
“I think we’ve lost a great MLA, I think when he did his job he did it with a passion that was to make sure that everything was done properly and he worked his best to make things happen and he will be hard to replace,” Lang said.
In a statement this morning Premier Brad Wall said “All of Kevin’s friends and colleagues are shocked and saddened by his sudden and unexpected passing.”
Phillips was in Regina yesterday getting ready for another week of doing what he loved to do – representing the people of Melfort in the assembly – so his passing was completely without warning,” said Wall.
Phillips was first elected in 2011 and was re-elcted to the Legislature in 2016.