Ben Roy

Ben Roy

Cache Creek mourns the passing of Ben Roy

Cache Creek businessman Ben Roy left his mark on the community and leaves a big pair of shoes to fill.

  • Sep. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Cache Creek and area was shocked and saddened late last week to learn of the sudden death of businessman and former mayor Ben Roy, 70.

Roy was a ceaseless promoter of Cache Creek for nearly 50 years. He served as mayor, alderman, fire chief, and was the driving force behind many groups including Gold Country, Graffiti Days and the Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in establishing the local radio station, CFMA.

While Mayor, Ben championed the landfill project as a way to provide jobs for the residents of Cache Creek.

He was honoured with a BC Community Achievement Award in 2008, and in 2012 Senator Nancy Greene-Raine presented him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, given to Canadians for “significant contributions to their communities.

He and his family have owne several businesses in Cache Creek, but most notably they own and operate the well-known Cariboo Jade Shoppe downtown.

There will be a service held for him on Sat., Sept. 26 at 1 pm in the Community Hall.