Keith Bishop, whose tenure as a municipal councillor started
pre-amalgamation in Tecumseth Township, then served two terms on New
Tecumseth council, including as deputy mayor from 1998-2000, passed
away Saturday surrounded by his family, at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto.
As per Keith's wishes, there will be no service, cremation has taken
Mr. Bishop, who made news across Simcoe County back in the early 1990s
for his fight against Simcoe County's Public School Board's penchant
for approving double digit education tax increases, earned the nickname
'Mr. Five Per Cent" which matched his call that the Board should limit
tax increases to no more than five per cent.
A resident of Green Briar with his long time spouse, Maureen Biegel,
Mr. Bishop was was one of the founding board members of the Gibson
Cultural Centre and active volunteer.
Politically he was fiscally minded, and advocated for New Tecumseth to
separate from Simcoe County. He also opposed the tri-party OPP contract
with Essa and Adjala, arguing in favour of a stand alone New Tecumseth
OPP during his two unsuccessful runs for mayor.