Flags at Norfolk County facilities will be lowered on Thursday, November 16, to honour the life of former Councillor Roger Geysens.
Geysens passed away peacefully at age 79, surrounded by his family, on November 10.
Born in Hooglede, Belgium, Roger moved to Canada at the age of eight and spent his childhood on a tobacco farm in Norfolk.
Geysens represented constituents in and around Langton (Ward 2) for nearly 30 years – first with the Township of Norfolk, then with Norfolk County before retiring in 2021.
“On behalf of Norfolk County Council, I offer my heartfelt condolences on the loss of former Councillor Roger Geysens,” said Mayor Amy Martin. “Roger dedicated a substantial portion of his life to public service. His lengthy tenure and tireless efforts have significantly contributed to the betterment of our community. May the impact of his service be a source of solace, and may his memory continue to guide and inspire those who follow in his footsteps.”
In addition to his time on Council, Roger also volunteered with the Haldimand Norfolk Separate School Board, Courtland Lion’s Club, Delhi Minor Hockey, and the Long Point Region Conservation Authority.
Roger was known at the County Administration Building by staff and fellow Councillors as a quiet, generous man with a friendly demeanor who was always willing to lend a hand.
“Norfolk is a better place because of Roger Geysens,” said Norfolk Chief Administrative Officer Al Meneses. “The amount of time he spent giving back to this community cannot be understated. Our thoughts are with his wife Anita, family, friends, and supporters in the community.”
A visitation for Mr. Geysens will be held Thursday, November 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home (159 Talbot Road) in Delhi. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church (110 Adams Avenue) in Delhi.