Cynthia Lai, a longtime real estate broker and city councilor in Toronto, died Friday at the age of 68. Lay was about to be re-elected in the mayoral election on Monday, but her campaign manager, Hrach Indjian, pronounced her dead on Friday afternoon.
According to Ainidjian, Lai died in hospital while her family was attending to her. Lai first won the Ward 23 Scarborough North councilor seat in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Aynedjian described her as an advocate for her constituency who provided services to people in the neighborhood in line with the ward’s demographics.
The cause of death for Cynthia Lai
We deeply regret the loss of Chancellor Norma Lay, who passed away on 22 October after a long illness.
First elected to Scarborough City Council in 2006, Chancellor Lay was a passionate and dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents. She will be remembered for her dedication to improving the lives of those she represents, and her tireless work to make Scarborough a better place for everyone. Flags were flown in several local buildings, including City Hall and Scarborough Civic Center, on half-staff in honor of the councilman.
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On Friday, Toronto’s Nathan Phillips field sign was similarly lackluster. Starting on Sunday, condolence books will be prepared at the rotunda at City Hall and Scarborough Civic Center for anyone who wishes to write. The family has requested privacy at this difficult time, and no further statement will be made. All those who had the privilege of knowing her and working with her will be missed by Counselor Lai.