Senior City of Richmond manager dies, age 49

Richmond’s mayor is paying tribute to one of the city’s senior managers, who passed away suddenly on Wednesday.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie described Robert Gonzalez as a “compassionate, innovative and creative leader.”

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Gonzalez, 49, was the city’s general manager of engineering and public works and also the deputy CAO.

A Richmond resident, Gonzalez joined the city in 1999 as a project engineer and soon moved into the management ranks, serving in various leadership positions including the director of engineering, before moving onto his more recent roles.

“Robert was an asset to the city and the community he loved and served who always worked to ensure that the best interests of the city and community were maintained,” said Brodie.

“He was actively involved in the development and implementation of many key initiatives. One of those, the Lulu Island Energy Company, is an award-winning component of the city’s green strategy.

“On behalf of council and the city, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

Gonzalez was also active in his community, volunteering as a ringette coach as well as sitting on the board of the Richmond Arenas Community Association. He was also well known for his love of classic cars.

Gonzalez is survived by his wife, Tina, and their two daughters, Juliana and Isabella.

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