Residents of North Grenville remember community and business leader—the eponymous Gerald Tallman

NORTH GRENVILLE – The Municipality of North Grenville is grieving the loss of an important community member—lifelong resident, business and community leader, Gerald Tallman, who tragically passed away this weekend.

“On behalf of all residents and business leaders in North Grenville, the Council would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family and the thousands of members of our community who were impacted by his impressive and unwavering support to North Grenville,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford and Jim McManaman in a joint statement.

Mr. Tallman may be best known for founding the successful business, Tallman Truck Centre, that grew from a small business in Kemptville in 1973 into an international truck dealer, now employing more than 500 people across Ontario.

“It is difficult to summarize all of the ways in which Gerry made such an enormous difference in the lives of those who lived here. His commitment to a myriad of community organizations was unparalleled,” they added.

Mr. Tallman is remembered by the community for his generous philanthropy. Not only did he provide considerable financial support to the Kemptville District Hospital, along with providing support to numerous community events and charities over the years, Mr. Tallman was also instrumental in helping to bring heavy truck technician programs to Kemptville Campus. Additionally, he was the inaugural recipient of the Harry Pratt Ambassador Award in 2016, recognized as a driven and creative leader, promoting the community of North Grenville.

“The support he gave to our community has had an incredible impact on all of our lives in North Grenville, and his legacy will carry on,” added Mayor Peckford.

Surrounded by his family, Gerald Tallman passed away at the age of 79 on Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. Online condolences may be given through Hulse, Playfair, and McGarry Inc. Funeral Home.

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