HALIFAX – Nova Scotia MLA Allan Rowe has died.
Rowe, the elected representative for Dartmouth South, was admitted to hospital in February after reportedly suffering a ruptured aneurysm.
The Nova Scotia government confirmed Monday morning that Rowe had passed away earlier in the day.
Premier Stephen McNeil released a statement expressing sympathy to Rowe’s family. He said Rowe “will always be remembered for his deep commitment to community and his incredible capacity for hard work.”
Rowe was elected when the Liberals won a sweeping election victory in October 2013 and served as the government caucus whip.
Born in Hamilton, Ont., he attended schools in Burlington, Waterdown and McMaster University before moving to St. John’s, N.L. to attend Memorial University. He then spent a year as a roughneck on the drilling rig Ocean Ranger.
He had a lengthy career as a radio and television news broadcaster, including 17 years with Global Maritimes as a senior anchor, producer and news director.
Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, Global News and Station Operations Shaw Media, issued the following statement:
Allan was a passionate advocate for local news and his community, having spent most of his career with MITV/ Global, first as a reporter, then Evening News Anchor and finally in the station’s top management position. Allan stepped down in 2012 but continued to serve the public by running for office in 2013, successfully winning a seat in the Nova Scotia legislature.
Allan was a champion for his station and his team, a respected community leader and a friend who could connect with people in all segments of society.
We offer our condolences to his wife Yvonne, children and grandchildren, as well to Premier Stephen McNeil and Allan’s colleagues in the Liberal caucus, and all whose lives he touched in more than 30 years of journalism and public service.
Condolences began pouring in on social media soon after news of Rowe’s death became known.
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