Former N.S. ag minister Gerald Sheehy, 85

Funeral services will be held Friday in Middleton, N.S. for Gerald Sheehy, a veterinarian who briefly served as Nova Scotia’s agriculture minister in John Buchanan’s government.

Sheehy, better known for a longer tenure as the province’s health minister, died Monday at age 85.

Sheehy hailed from Middleton, about 50 km west of Kentville, and served as Middleton’s deputy mayor and a town councilor in the late 1960s.

He was elected as the provincial MLA for Annapolis East in 1970 and held the riding for the Conservatives until 1988.

He served as minister of agriculture and marketing when Buchanan’s Progressive Conservative government came to power in 1978, and also served a stint as the province’s registrar general.

Sheehy was replaced in the ag portfolio the following year by Roger Bacon, the dairyman who later served as premier (1990-91) after Buchanan’s exit.

“Dr. Sheehy was a true gentleman,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said in a release Tuesday. “His career as a public servant lasted more than 20 years, and for every day of that long career, the people of his community were foremost in his mind.”

“I always like to say Gerry Sheehy was almost incapable of making an enemy,” Buchanan told the Canadian Press news agency Tuesday. “He was well-liked by all members of the legislature, regardless of political party.”

Flags at Nova Scotia’s Province House flew at half-mast Tuesday in Sheehy’s honour.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on June 5 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Middleton. Donations in Sheehy’s memory can be made to Holy Trinity, the Rosa M. Harvey Library in Middleton, or the charity of one’s choice.


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