Mayor of Cornwall, 1975 – 1985. (1920 – 1993) Donated to the museum by his sister Iola Parisien in 1995.
Along with Mayor Parisien’s records the museum has Mayors Horovitz, Kaneb, and Lavigne.
Born in Cornwall in 1920, Gerry Parisien was the City’s first full time Mayor. Before he entered politics he worked as an independent merchant for 25 years, taking four year to serve with the Royal Canadian Artillery in the Second World War. He was president of the Cornwall Retail Merchant’s Assoc. when he entered municipal politics in 1959. Elected, he served as Alderman until December of 1969. Defeated when he ran for Mayor in 1970, he worked in the news department at CJSS Radio for five years, reporting the activities at City Hall. Running again for Mayor, Mr. Parisien was elected in 1975. Among his other duties he served as Chair for the board of Cornwall Electric until his death.
Mayor Parisien wearing the Mayor’s chain of office.
During his time as Mayor, the Cornwall Civic Complex was built, the City purchased Cornwall Electric, work started on Lamoureux Park’s bike path, the Band Shell was constructed and the Downtown Revitalization Project was started enabling the renovation of Pitt St., and portions of 2nd St.
Gerry in the centre flanked on the left by Isabel Pidgeon his future wife, and his sister Iola Parisien on the right.
Mayor and Mrs. Parisien welcome Cornwallites marking the beginning of Cornwall Bicentennial Year, at the Mayor’s Levee at the Cornwall Civic Complex, January 1, 1984. Town Crier, Guy Lalonde is seen in the background.
This is a very small sampling of photographs and documents in the archives at the Cornwall Community Museum marking Parisien’s years as Mayor.