Civic politician Joseph Carnevale dies

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>FACEBOOK/TOWN OF LUNENBURG</p><p>Joseph Carnevale, a Lunenburg town councillor, died June 17.</p>

Appreciated and respected for his courteous and calm demeanour, Joseph Carnevale - a first-term civic politician in Lunenburg - died June 17.

He was 71. The Town of Lunenburg announced his death in a social media post. Town flags are being flown at half-staff.

"His commitment to continuing his duties and role in the community as much as he could, despite his difficult cancer treatments, was inspirational," reads the Facebook post. "His particular interests in affordable housing and accessibility demonstrated his kindness."

Carnevale really wanted to seek re-election this fall "because I really haven't done what I wanted to do," he told LighthouseNOW back in March. He said at the time his focus was on his health.

First elected in 2016, he was forced to take temporary medical leaves-of-absence from council meetings in 2018 and 2020 while being treated for lymphoma.

He did attend several virtual council meetings, held due to rules concerning the pandemic, broadcast on the internet.

When his health kept him from attending the in-person meetings, Carnevale always made a point of keeping up with council business with the help of technology. Earlier this year he raised the issue of policing services and associated costs and hoped to bring the matter to his colleagues' attention when he was able to return to chambers.

"He was a champion for the most vulnerable among us and spoke up whenever he felt he could make a difference," Mayor Rachel Bailey told LighthouseNOW.

"His gentle demeanour and polite conduct made working with him a pleasure. He attempted valiantly to fulfill his duties as a councillor throughout his illness and never stopped working to support and protect the ones he loved."

Carnevale is survived by his wife, Anne, and daughter, Aisling.

Information about a memorial service or celebration of life was not immediately available.

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