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Community mourns passing of former CPS employee

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By Shawna O'Neill
Community mourns passing of former CPS employee
Photo provided by CPS of Blake Paquin.

CORNWALL, Ontario – An outpouring of condolences can be seen on the Cornwall Police Services (CPS) social media as the community reacts to the of death of former CPS employee Blake Paquin.

Paquin, who worked with CPS for 30 years, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6. He was 62.

‘We are shocked and saddened’ and ‘(Blake was) one of the nicest men I have ever known’ are among some of the sentiments shared online.

“The CPS extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Blake Paquin, who recently passed away. A retired CPS employee, Blake was an integral part of our police service, having greatly impacted public relations and having a memorable positive outlook around the station. Rest In Peace, Blake. You will be greatly missed by all of us,” read a CPS statement.

Paquin was recognized as the face of CPS during his tenure as the CPS Media Relations person, serving the community from 1984 until his retirement in 2014. He was known to be kind and optimistic, even in difficult circumstances.

CPS Chief Danny Aikman also shared his condolences.

“On behalf of the CPS I offer my deepest condolences to Carol, Alysha and family on the passing of their beloved husband and father, Blake,” said Chief Aikman. “Blake was a key contributor to many special events for the CPS including leading our response to Y2K, Racing Against Drugs, Cops and Rockers and our pursuit of Accreditation through CALEA.”

Many community members voiced online their admiration for Paquin’s philanthropy, as he raised funds for local non-profits and served as an advocate to many initiatives, especially those involving local youth.

“Blake’s co-workers could always count on him offering a smile, a word of support or a shoulder to lean on and for that he will be warmly remembered by those of us who crossed his path,” said Chief Aikman. “Blake Paquin was someone who made the world a better place and he will be missed tremendously.”

Cornwall Seaway News will update this article when funeral arrangement details become available.

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