News release

Sorrow On Loss Of Chataway

Premier John Hamm expressed sorrow on the passing of MLA John Chataway.

The 57-year-old former provincial cabinet minister died this morning, Dec. 31, at a Toronto area hospital as a result of complications from a stroke suffered earlier this week.

Mr. Chataway taught for 29 years prior to his election as MLA for Chester-St. Margaret's in 1999. He also served 14 years as a municipal councillor and was active in many volunteer organizations. His extensive work for the Chester Heritage Society garnered provincial recognition. He served terms as minister of human resources, environment and labour from 1999 to 2001. Re-elected in 2003, Mr. Chataway served as a member of the legislature's public accounts, law amendments and veterans affairs committees.

"John Chataway was truly a man for all seasons - longtime educator, heritage enthusiast and dedicated public servant," said Premier Hamm. "Whether it was championing the preservation of Oak Island or helping a charity raise money as a volunteer auctioneer, John's talents will be missed by many.

"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, Genesta and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to John's family and friends, particularly his brothers Rick and Chuck and his sister Joan."

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Premier John Hamm says John Chataway was a man for all seasons.

The 57-year-old MLA and former provincial cabinet minister died earlier this morning (December 31st) from complications of a stroke suffered earlier this week.

The premier says Mr. Chataway showed many talents through his work as an educator, heritage enthusiast and public servant.

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