There will be a big void at the council table the next time the RM of Argyle meets.
On Wednesday, Jim Lockhart, a councillor in the RM, died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash south of Baldur.
"It came as a real shock and it’s one of those things that you hope never happens," Reeve Bob Conibear said. "Jim was a gentle giant. He was very thoughtful and always there to help out."
Killarney RCMP responded to the collision at 4:45 p.m. on Government Road two-and-a-half kilometres south of Baldur.
A gravel truck was driving northbound and slowed to make a right turn when a pickup truck, driven by Lockhart, 66, tried to pass on the right but hit the turning vehicle and rolled.
A 65-year-old passenger, a man from the RM of Argyle, was transported to Winnipeg via STARS air ambulance and is listed in stable condition.
The driver of the gravel truck, a 71-year-old man also from the RM of Argyle, suffered no injuries.
Baldur is approximately 110 kilometres southeast of Brandon.
Lockhart worked alongside his brother and son as a beekeeper in a family-owned business in the RM, which has about 1,100 residents.
Conibear said Lockhart’s extensive knowledge of the RM and its roads through his work looking after the bees was an asset around the council table.
Lockhart joined council midway through a term, then was re-elected in 2010. He planned on letting his name stand for council again in October.
Lockhart lived on Rock Lake, which is on the south end of the RM.
Conibear said he took great pride representing the lake’s cottage community at the council table.
"He loved the lake," Conibear said, adding that Lockhart lobbied hard to get a boat launch built on the west end of the lake.
"It’s a big hit to the community," Conibear said. "He was well respected and he loved his position on council and loved his job."
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