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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Brian Regalbuto at the age of 75, our dear husband and father after a very short battle with cancer. He fell into a deep sleep in his favourite chair by the window with a fire in the woodstove. He died hours later in hospital on February 26th surrounded by his loving family. Brian, a kind and fair man, lived life to the fullest and always in his own way. As it turned out that sentiment extended to his whole life. With his cheery and affable disposition, he was always able to make people laugh along with him. We are all proud of Brian and the legacy he leaves behind.

Brian was always working on some project or another with enough on the go to last 2 lifetimes. He was many things in his life: husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, firefighter, house mover, builder, small farmer, horseman and animal lover, hunter, high school basketball star (Shifty), drummer, landlord, truck and tractor mechanic, boater, biker, and a lover of country music.

After 7 years of working towards his dream job, Brian joined the Gloucester Fire Department in 1972. He had a long and distinguished career saving lives and property. As Captain, he was dedicated to the wellbeing of the men in his command, often working right alongside them.

He will be profoundly missed by his wife Elizabeth Hogan (nee Shearing) his companion and best friend of 26 years, his children Tawnya (Jim), Trina (Bob) and Todd, as well as his cherished grandchildren Wyatt, Jaxon, Arya, Danielle and Sophia. He is survived by his brothers Grant and Wayne, and his sisters Faye, Joyce and Brenda, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the son of Alfred Regalbuto of Ottawa and Fleurette Lévesque of Fort Coulonge, Qc.

A celebration of Brian's life will take place sometime this summer.


After a comprehensive nationwide search, I am pleased to advise that Paul Hutt is the successful candidate and the new permanent Chief of Ottawa Fire Services. Paul has been acting in this position on an interim basis since I became General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services.


Chief Hutt brings over 28 years of experience and a record of success in emergency management and fire service. He started his journey as a volunteer firefighter and served with distinction to eventually become a Sector Chief of Ottawa Fire Services. Then in 2011, he became the Director of Emergency Services and Fire Chief responsible for Fire Services, Emergency Management, and Bylaw Services with the Municipality of North Grenville. He returned to Ottawa Fire Services as Deputy Chief of Urban Operations and Special Operations in 2016 before becoming the acting Fire Chief.


Chief Hutt also brings an extensive list of credentials, including a Master Certificate in Municipal Leadership with York University, Schulich School of Business. He has a diploma in Fire Protection Technology from the Ontario Fire College and is a certified Municipal Manager from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute with the status of Fire Service Executive. This training and experience will ensure Ottawa Fire Services moves forward as a respected and innovative service for the residents of our city.


The Fire Chief plays an important role in the community, leading the members of Ottawa Fire Services to protect lives, property, and the environment. Chief Hutt has established positive relationships both within the service area but also among key stakeholders and the community at large, which will serve him well in this regard.


Please join me in congratulating Chief Hutt and wishing him success in this position.


Kim Ayotte General Manager/Directeur général Emergency and Protective Services/Services de protection et d’urgence City of Ottawa/Ville d’Ottawa Tel / tél: (613) 580-2424 ext. 29422 Fax / téléc: (613) 580-2864 Kim.Ayotte@ottawa.ca

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Desmond Gerard Foley

Born Oct. 10, 1951, passed away Feb. 24, 2022 at the Smiths Falls Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer, with his life partner Liz Keogh by his side. Son of Bernard and Dorothy (Carroll). Brother to Richard (Irene), Catherine (Mitchell) and Chris (Deb) and the late Bernard (Iona), Michael and Vincent. Uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews and cousin to many more. Beloved friend to his numerous acquaintances. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Serenity Renewal for Families”. Online condolences may be offered here.