Mayor Miro Weinberger remembers former Burlington Mayor Francis Cain as a proud but humble man.
Cain died Thursday night in his home surrounded by family and loved ones.
Cain was born and grew up in Burlington. He graduated from St. Michael’s College in 1942 and served in the Navy for three years. He owned an insurance business prior to becoming mayor in 1965. He served until 1971.
Mayor Miro Weinberger’s office said Cain became a wonderful friend to Weinberger.
“I happily remember dedicating the Battery Park Overlook to Mayor Cain and was able to meet many members of the Cain family at the celebration. I know this St. Patrick’s Day, Mayor Cain’s Irish family and many, many friends will be celebrating his full and accomplished life and his enduring legacy.”
Weinberger also noted Cain’s accomplishments.
“Mayor Cain will be remembered for recognizing the possibility and importance of developing a connection between the downtown and Lake Champlain, pursing innovative and tough legal strategies to remove the gas and oil tanks and beginning the transformation of Burlington’s waterfront. He was also very dedicated to growing the City’s parks system, skillfully negotiating the City’s acquisition of what is now Oakledge Park and starting the effort to acquire what is now Leddy Park, which was successfully completed by his successor, Mayor Gordon Paquette. In this regard, he is truly the godfather of what is modern Burlington,” Weinberger wrote.
Calling hours will be at the Lavigne Funeral Home in Winooski on Thursday, March 21 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A celebration of his life will take place at the St. Michael’s College Chapel on Friday, March 22 at 1:00 pm.