Niagara Falls is mourning the loss of former Niagara Regional Chair Brian Merrett who passed away from complications from his battle with leukemia and lymphoma.  Merrett was born and raised in Niagara Falls and served as the Regional Chair from 1991 to 1997.


He began his political career as an Alderman on Niagara Falls city council.  He also served as Chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission from 1997-2003. During his time in local government he was the Chair of the Niagara 911 committee that was responsible for the implementation of the region-wide emergency telephone system and received the Niagara Award for Community Contribution in 1997.

Current Regional Chair Alan Caslin issued the following statement upon learning of Merrett’s death: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Merrett, Niagara’s Regional Chairman from 1991-1997.  Brian was a unifying figure in Niagara and embodied the very best of what it means to be a dedicated public servant.

On behalf of Niagara Regional Council and Regional staff, I extend our sincere condolences to Brian’s wife Tracey, and his family and friends.

Brian was a strong voice for his constituents and for the entire Niagara Region and will certainly be deeply missed by those who knew him.

Brian was one of few to have held the role of Regional Chair, and since 2014, I appreciated his wise counsel and encouragement.

Rest in peace my friend – Niagara will miss you.

Merrett is survived by his wife Tracey, his son and two grandchildren.

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