Robinvale is in mourning following the loss of a close friend and town supporter.
Patrick Simon, the long-time Mayor of Villers Bretonneux in France has died following a seven-week battle with coronavirus.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Bill Moar said for many years Mr Simon was a dedicated supporter of the relationship between the Somme region of France and Australia, particularly our Robinvale community through the Robinvale Villers Bretonneux Association.
“Mr Simon visited our region many times and accompanied visiting Australian groups,” Cr Moar said.
“He had many friends in Robinvale, and many of our Councillors developed friendships with him and his colleagues,” he said.
Villers Bretonneux was the scene of a pivotal battle in April 1918, where Australians defended the town from what would become one of the last major German offensives of World War I.
Cr Moar said Council would formally recognise Mr Simon’s achievements when Council met next week.
“We extend our condolences to Mr Simon’s family, friends, the Villers Bretonneux community, and the Robinvale-Villers Bretonneux Association members during this said time,” he said.