RIDGELEY -- It was a life of service that late Ridgeley mayor Lynn Carr devoted to Ridgeley. Carr died Friday, Dec. 8, losing a hard- fought battle with cancer.

By Ronda Wertman

Tribune Correspondent

RIDGELEY -- It was a life of service that late Ridgeley mayor Lynn Carr devoted to Ridgeley. Carr died Friday, Dec. 8, losing a hard- fought battle with cancer.

Growing up in Ridgeley, he graduated from Ridgeley High School and devoted over 40 years as a member of the Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Company, where he currently served as vice president, engineer, and on the executive board.

A life member, Carr held numerous fire line and administrative posts in the department during his fire service career, including deputy chief, assistant chief, captain and chaplain. He earned numerous awards for his dedicated service.

“He was Ridgeley born and raised,” said Ridgeley Councilman Duke Lantz. “I grew up in Ridgeley. He’s always been active with the fire department, the parades and fun fair. He served the community for my entire life.”

Carr retired as a mechanic from Nelson’s Auto Sales in Ridgeley. When he wasn’t in Ridgeley he could be found at camp. He was recently elected to his 14th year as president of Alaskan Village Territory at Big Bear Lake in Preston County.

In 2009, he began an active role with the town of Ridgeley. Serving on the town council, he began as housing and ordinance commissioner. Following two terms on council, Carr was elected mayor in 2013; a post which he continued to serve until his passing.

“He genuinely did have the best interests of the town at heart,” said Ridgeley Police chief Josh Hartman.

Carr was active not only in the town, but also in the county, working over the years with county fire and ambulances services, 911 and the Mineral County Development Authority on issues with Ridgeley.

In recent years, he attended Mineral County Day in Charleston, championing local needs including funding for a new fire station and town hall, the demolition of the former Ridgeley School and projects that would improve the economy and way of life for Ridgeley and its citizens.

A fireman’s funeral is being planned for Carr.  Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at the
Upchurch Funeral Home, Cumberland with the Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Company conducting a memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

The funeral service will be held in the Ridgeley Community Center at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The town hall will be closed in observance on Tuesday.

Finance commissioner Butch Hawse was sworn in as mayor Saturday afternoon.