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A force to be reckoned with: Mayor Maurice Beauregard will never be forgotten

Zainab Al-Mehdar
Campbell’s Bay Oct. 18, 2022
Never shy to say what’s on his mind, Maurice Beauregard’s presence in a room will be missed because of his vibrant personality. With Beauregard what you saw is what you got, an honest, transparent and straightforward person.
After a battle with cancer, Beauregard passed away on October 15, 2022, at the age of 43. He was the husband of Kelly (nee McMahon) and a father to their two sons Hunter and Carter.
Beauregard met his wife while studying at Heritage College in 1997, he was in his second year and she had just begun. After being introduced by a mutual friend he stole her heart and they have been together ever since, McMahon explained. Although they were polar opposites, she an introvert and he an extrovert, it’s what she admired most about him, and his smile.
“People kind of laugh and say you guys are complete opposites, but the thing is we just complement each other. And Mo was just genuine. Everything he did, he did with a full heart,” she said.
The couple eventually returned to Beauregard’s hometown of Campbell’s Bay to set some roots and raise their family. After returning he wanted to help better his town and rather than sit in the stands, Beauregard wanted to be part of the decision-making process. So in 2013 he campaigned and was elected as a municipal councillor.
“He’s such a social person he loves to campaign, to go door to door and to find out what the needs were,” said McMahon. “With Mo what you saw is what you got. It didn’t matter if you were at my family dinner table, or at the Mayor’s Council, or wherever, he was that genuine person. So he didn’t wear a different hat in terms of his personality. He said it like it was. He doesn’t believe in the backstabbing and the, you know, like, acting different. He was the life of the party.”
During that time he learned a lot about the inner workings of the town and how things get done, but still, he felt he can do more. Wanting to take on a leadership position, and feeling confident in his abilities, four years later he threw his hat in the race and ran for Mayor of Campbell’s Bay.
It’s a position he cherished and was adamant about doing well because he loved his hometown and his community so much. As a mayor, he was a dedicated, honest and hands-on type of leader who didn’t believe in missing a day at the office. Even if things were going well he always thought ‘how can we make them better.’ “He always wanted to show people that they voted for the right person,” said McMahon.
“He knew pretty much everybody in town and was never afraid to give out his cell phone number and say, ‘hey if something’s going on give me a call and I’ll see how I can help.”
Even when his health started to worsen Beauregard showed up for his town, so much that he even attended the October monthly council meeting, days before his passing. “It’s not a secret, he loved his community.”
Beauregard also served over 15 years as a lieutenant firefighter and first responder for the Campbell’s Bay and Litchfield Fire Department. If ever he did anything, he put his all into it, and was always ready and willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it.
During the council of Mayors meeting held Oct. 19, Warden Jane Toller started off with a few words and then the microphone was passed around and many mayors shared stories about their friend and colleague Beauregard.
“He said it the way it was he didn’t care if he was ruffling feathers. He was polite and he was courteous, but he was real and that’s what we’re going to miss about him,” said Colleen Larivière, Mayor of Litchfield had known Beauregard for a very long time.
Odette Godin, mayor of Waltham, first met Beauregard after being stuck in a ditch and he offered to help her out and said that was just who he was he stopped to help anyone in need. “I’m really going to miss him.”
Many of the mayors echoed that he was well respected, supportive and loved his community. He will be missed around the table.
Sarah Bertrand, director general of Campbell’s Bay not only worked alongside him but they were also good friends, and described him as generous and having a big heart. “Our professional relationship since day one was based on respect and understanding. He was very supportive of me. He made my job easy. And like he always respected my work ethic, the way I did things with policies. You know, he was a team player.”
Tim Ferrigan, a municipal councillor who worked with him as the mayor said Beauregard was everything you would want in a mayor, he was intelligent and highly motivated to work hard to give his residents the best possible place to live. “Maurice left a mark on Campbell’s Bay that will never be forgotten, and he did it the right way, through hard work. Our council and our townsfolk will miss him greatly as our leader. On a personal note, I will also miss him greatly as a close personal friend, as he and I shared very similar views on just about every matter, politically or otherwise,” said Ferrigan.
When asked why he made such a huge impact on people and his community Ferrigan said: “Because he was humble. And everyone could see the work he put in. No one ever doubted his passion for both the town and the responsibilities of his position. Not to mention if you drive through Campbell’s Bay, there is no way to miss how our town has grown since he was elected. His efforts produced results.”
When he wasn’t working he spent time on the lake fishing or sharing his love for fishing with friends. When hunting season was on he’d be in gear with his best buddies by his side and their kids passing along their love of the sport and making memories.
THE EQUITY reached out to friends of Beauregard and they all shared the same sentiment that his kindness and thoughtfulness can never be replaced and his bubbly personality left a big gap in all their lives.
Kim Lesage, Chris Sauriol and Todd Gagnon were some of his close friends who expressed how whenever they needed anything Beauregard was always there with the answer. He was a loyal friend and always knew how to have a good time.
When asked what he was most proud of, his wife said it was his presence and his involvement in the community. He was a great mayor but also a great father and husband who didn’t let one thing interfere with the other. He was at every hockey game and baseball game and never missed a family gathering, McMahon explained.
One thing she will never forget is how the community showed up for Beauregard when he first got sick. “How the community came out to support. It was overwhelming. You know, he said, ‘there are so many people out there that are more deserving.’ He always felt like it should be somebody else, somebody else needs it more. A few people even said to him, ‘they want to do it because it’s you not because they feel sorry for you.’”
Because he was such a vibrant and bubbly person, he’s gonna be missed for his funny stories his smile and the way he made people feel comfortable and seen. With a heavy heart, McMahon said “It’s quiet without him.”

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