Public service planned for Tony Atkins

Friends and family of Tony Atkins will hold a public celebration of life next weekend.

Atkins died June 11 after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

The event will take place at the North Peace Cultural Centre Sat., June 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re going to be sharing memories of Tony,” said Oliver Hachmeister, assistant executive director of the centre.

“There’s going to be a mic open for people who want to share a story that touches them and reminds them of who Tony was.”

Hachmeister, who worked alongside Atkins for 14 years at the cultural centre, said Atkins was instrumental in the arts community, and was part of the original committee that helped get the centre built.

Atkins was an active member of the community — involved with both the Peace Valley Environment Association, where he sat as treasurer since the 1980s. He was also a founding member of Stage North in 1978 and volunteered with The Workshop Players in the 1970s.

Atkins was also a celebrated teacher and principal in School District 60, where he built his career after moving to Fort St. John in the 1960s.