By Marianne Curtis
The community of Greenland was in mourning recently after former municipal councilor and area farmer Abe Unger passed away on June 24 after a lengthy illness at the age of eighty-four.
For twenty-six years Unger served as a municipal councilor for the RM of Ste. Anne. A well respected councilor, he spent some of those years as deputy reeve. He was also a member of the Bethesda Hospital Board of Directors, a Hanover School Division Trustee and many other committees.
During his political career Unger was only contested in an election once. When he finally walked away from politics in 2002 it was to retire and spend time with his family, not because he lost an election.
His son Gil Unger shares some of his father’s legacy.
“Family and community were important to him. Throughout his entire life he worked hard for the community; in politics it is difficult to remain objective but he came out of there unscathed; he was honest and fair the entire time and I don’t know how he did that,” recalled Unger. “He had constituents, councilors and reeves calling him for advice long after he left council. He did things the smart way.”
Unger says one of his father’s biggest challenges as a councilor was to take on Water Stewardship to get better drainage in his ward.
“That could surely be figured in as one of his pet projects. It was always more of a fight perhaps, but in the end they always worked together to get it done, which also makes it an accomplishment. That also to this day is still being taken care of better than it was before his days in council,” Unger continued. “He was a man of few words which made him more respected which made him good at what he did. He taught me to treat others fairly and with respect, be honest and fight to fix anything that can be fixed,”
Unger leaves behind his wife of 46 years Frances, six children, twenty-four grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.