Condolences are pouring in from across the province following the passing of the mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, John Hickey.
The mayor passed away last night at hospital in St. John’s surrounded by family members. He accidently shot himself while out checking his traps last Saturday.
Remarkably, Hickey somehow managed to get to his snowmible and drive himself out to a road where somebody saw him and called for help.
He was rushed to hospital in St. John’s, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Acting Mayor Wally Andersen says it’s a very difficult day in the region. He says it’s devastating for the entire staff, the town, and the province.
As MHA for the area, Perry Trimper had a lot of interaction with Hickey.
He says it’s been a very difficult week for everyone as Hickey had built an extensive network right across the province.
Andersen says Hickey was an excellent colleague to have on council.
Hickey had previously served as mayor before jumping to provincial politics where he served as a Cabinet minister under Danny Williams.
Williams today issued a statement offering his condolences to his family. He remembers Hickey as a “true advocate for others” and says he was honoured to have worked along side him in public life.
“I will always remember John as a true advocate for others, and I was honoured to have worked along side him in public life. Rarely have I met an individual so dedicated and passionate in representing the people he served. Labradorians will probably never fully know the enormous contribution that he made on their behalf. He was not only a colleague, but also a good friend. He was hard-working, loyal and kind-hearted. He will be greatly missed and I wish his family my deepest condolences during this difficult time.” – Williams
The NDP also offered their condolences to Hickey’s family and the people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Leader Lorraine Michael said, “John showed, both as mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and MHA for Lake Melville, his love and concern for the Big Land and its people.”
No funeral arrangements have yet been announced but Andersen is asking the public to respect the family’s privacy.
My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of John Hickey. John was known as a fighter in politics, and always fought for Labrador. We will miss him.
— Premier of NL (@PremierofNL) December 15, 2017