PIETZ, Allan Ernest – Dippl.A.A.(Hon), Mayor of the City of Welland, MP, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 23, 2021, in his 96th year from complications of pneumonia. Predeceased by his loving wife Alice, children, Paul and Cathy, his sister, Edith Rominger, sister-in-law, Marilyn Prophet (Pekrul), and his dear friend, June Zahody. Allan is survived by his grandchildren Amanda Cameron, Allan Cameron and Christopher Pietz. He is also survived by his niece, Carolyn Ort (Les) and his nephews Len Rominger and Brian Pekrul (Barbara) .
For almost 35 years, Allan, together with his sister, Edith, owned and operated Sunnyside Dairy, on Seventh Street, in Welland. Allan’s political career began in 1952 and spanned 45 years starting his tenure as Councillor, then Warden, Deputy Reeve, Mayor, MP under Brian Mulroney, and Regional Councillor. He served on numerous committees, including the Police Board, Niagara College Board of Governors, Conservation Authority, Arena Board, Airport Commission, Industrial Commission, Fair Board, and Social Services to name a few and chairing many of them. As MP he served on 2 royal committees one for fur industry and the other for women’s rights.
He was part of the planning committee regarding the location of the 406, the 140, the Industrial Park on the now highway 140, making an east west corridor on Lincoln Street, improving Wellington Street which opened up the whole east end and the sewer project.
His proudest moment of local political life was being Mayor of Welland when the Welland Canal by-pass project was announced and then completed.
Allan was a resident of Seasons Retirement Home in Welland and the family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff for their endless dedication.
He was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Port Colborne and, most recently, Concordia Lutheran Church in Fonthill.
H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
A Celebration of Life will be held when restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.
Interment will be in Overholt Cemetery, Bethel.
If desired memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
“Well done good and faithful servant.”
Online condolences available at http://www.cudneyfuneralhome.com.
Note: Remembrance to follow