Former Cote St Luc Mayor Bernard Lang has died, he was 88 years old.
Lang served as mayor of Cote St. Luc from 1976-1998 and oversaw the expansion of the city from a small municipality to a booming 30,000 plus resident city.
Bernard Lang was born in 1925 in Montreal, he was an engineer by trade. After serving as a City Councillor for thirteen years, Lang threw his hat into the ring for Mayor and won the seat in 1976. He served as one of Cote St Luc’s longest standing mayors.
In 1994, Councillor Dida Berku challenged Lang’s Mayorship. The election was a bitter, dirty one which resulted in Lang winning by a small margin. Berku challenged the results and accused Lang of cheating. The case landed in court and Lang was found to have acted irregular during a campaign but was not removed from the Mayorship.
In 1998, Lang decided to retire and was replaced by Robert Libman. Lang’s wife, Miriam, however, ran for council against Dida Berku and lost.
In 2004, at 79 years old, Lang decided to come out of retirement and run for Cote St Luc’s Mayorship. Cote St Luc had just demerged from the Megacity Montreal and Lang said the city “needed him”. Lang’s opponent in the race was Anthony Housefather, who won the election by a large margin and is still serving as Cote St Luc’s Mayor.
During his tenure, Lang helped establish many of Cote St Luc’s integral services, such as the library and arena and worked to expand recreational and cultural programs. He served four terms as President of the Conference of Suburban Mayors and was an executive member of the Montreal Urban Community. He also served as President of the Cote St Luc’s Senior Men’s Club.
Bernard Lang’s funeral will take place on Sunday June 15, 2014. 2pm. check Paperman and Son’s website for more information.
By Howie Silbiger – Montreal Jewish News