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Deputy Mayor Jim Hayter killed in car accident

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Alvinston’s Deputy Mayor Jim Hayter will be remembered as an outstanding citizen of the community – he received the Senior of the Year Award in 2015. File photo.

Alvinston’s Deputy Mayor Jim Hayter will be remembered as an outstanding citizen of the community – he received the Senior of the Year Award in 2015. File photo.

The deputy mayor of Brooke-Alvinston Township died March 16 when, OPP say, the van he was driving went into a ditch in Southeast Middlesex.

Jim Hayter was 70.

Mayor Don McGugan said Hayter was a great family man and a valued member of council who moved to Alvinston years ago to start a plumbing business.

Hayter was a member of the Alvinston Fire Department for 44 years, and was fire chief for 15 years.

He was deputy mayor for the past 10 years.

McGugan said he was an active member of the community, receiving a Senior of the Year award in 2015.

Hayter’s death came just two weeks after his wife, Mary Louise Hayter, a former Alvinston councillor, died on March 2.

“He had several grandchildren and spent a lot of time at the arenas and at the ball park,” McGugan said Friday.

“He was always there to help everybody and anybody.”

McGugan said Hayter will be deeply missed in the community.

Middlesex OPP said in a news release that a post mortem was scheduled for March 17 to help determine the cause of death.

Police said the single-vehicle collision happened around 4:40 p.m. on Glendon Drive, between Mayfair and Springfield roads, when the 2013 Dodge van Hayter was driving crossed the centre line and went into the south ditch.

The driver, who was alone, was unresponsive and with no vital signs when officers arrived.

The road, which was closed for the investigation, has reopened, police said.