Spottiswood retires

After 17 years with the Town of Fort Frances, Bruce Spottiswood worked his last day Friday making sure—amid a myriad of other responsibilities—that the town’s water and sewer systems were running smoothly.
Known as the town’s Environmental and Facilities Superintendent since Aug. 1, Spottiswood started with the town back in July, 1987 as Public Works manager—a role that then became Superintendent of Works (Facilities) when the town restructured its management in 1993.
Over the years, his job has entailed not only ensuring the water and sewage treatment plants were operating properly, but also looking after water distribution, waste management (including the landfill and recycling), and preventive building maintenance.
He also was involved in overseeing the operation of all town facilities, whether it was new flooring at the Sister Kennedy Centre or checking into an air quality concern at the Memorial Sports Centre.
Spottiswood noted Friday that while the job has never been easy, it’s always been interesting.
“In my 17 years on the job, I’ve never gone to bed at night thinking, “Oh, no, I’ve got to go to work in the morning,” he remarked.
“I’ve always looked forward to interacting with the people,” he added. “The town’s got a lot of good people working for it.”
Now that he’s retired, Spottiswood said he’ll look into buying a new fifth-wheeler, maybe look into some property on the lake, and possibly build a new house.
He also said he’ll do “a ton of fishing,” and try to get as much golfing in as possible.
Doug Herr replaced Spottiswood as the town’s Environmental and Facilities Superintendent as of Monday (Nov. 1). He most recently was the engineering technologist at Public Works.