Sombre, reflective tone at SAMSSA’s AGM – by Ella Myers (Northern Ontario Business – Decemeber 4, 2015)

The Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association (SAMSSA) welcomed a new president, two new board members and inducted two local businessmen into their respected Hall of Fame at their December 4 annual general meeting.

A crowd representing 110 of the organization’s 125 members stood in silence for the commencement of the meeting, out of respect for one of the Hall of Fame recipients, Andre Ruest of B&D Manufacturing, who passed away Nov.19.

“He was a great guy for me, always open to suggestions, I will sadly miss him, and we will honour his life and celebrate him at the end of the presentation today,” said executive director Dick DeStefano.

Ruest’s three young sons took the stage to accept the award on their father’s behalf at the end of the meeting, sharing emotional stories about their father’s personal and professional life.

“My father Andre Ruest was born in 1961, and spent the first nine years of his life in a small northern Ontario town, known as Cartier,” said Christian Dugas-Ruest. “It was there in the small knit community that the love and respect of family, the great outdoors and hockey, began and always remained.”

His sons emphasized his commitment to family, despite the long hours and commitment required by his chosen profession.

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