Jeff Commins of Wagner seemed to be in fine form at the M.D. of Lesser Slave River council meeting on Nov. 6. Two days later he was dead, a victim of liver cancer at the age of 69.
It wasn’t a surprise to those who were close to him, who must have known it was coming. For those who didn’t, Commins’ cheerful demeanor did not give a hint as to what was really going on. That seems to be how he lived his life, projecting positivity, getting involved in the community, and having a lot of fun along the way.
Born in Edmonton, Commins served in the military, worked in instrumentation in the oilfield and finally was in business in the Slave Lake area for the last 30-plus years. First elected to M.D. council in 2010, he was in his second term on council when he passed away. There is more to say about his role and impact in the community, some of which we hope to cover in a fuller obituary in an upcoming issue of The Leader.