Former Millbrook Band Chief Lawrence Paul passes away

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MILLBROOK - Leading the Millbrook First Nation for almost 30 years, former Chief Lawrence Paul has passed away.

Lawrence Paul, former chief of Millbrook, passed away on May 28 at the age of 79.

Paul, who was defeated in the 2012 election, died Wednesday evening at the age of 79.

He was first elected chief of the Millbrook First Nation in 1984 and is well-known for his economic development work, including the Truro Power Centre.

His oldest son, Jack, admires his father has having a dream of economic prosperity for his community and the stubborn battles he fought from the early 70s onward to make it become reality.

"He had a dream … he was a very smart person" and the "move star" of the family, said Jack Paul.  

The former chief was named one of the top 50 CEO's in Atlantic Canada by the Atlantic Canada Business Magazine.

Born in Saint John, N.B., Paul was the ninth of 14 children.

MP Scott Armstrong remembers Lawrence Paul as a kind man committed to education and economic prosperity for his community.

"He really was a man of vision."

More to come.

Organizations: Millbrook First Nation, Truro Power Centre.His, Atlantic Canada Business Magazine.Born

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Saint John

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  • Richard & Esther Provencher
    May 30, 2014 - 11:45

    Mr. Lawrence Paul was a friend for many years and we, as well as many others, will miss him. He was an excellent communicator and a meaningful bridge between Native and non-Native cultures. His mantra was a strong peaceful negotiation, and because of this focus accomplished much for his people. He also believed higher education was most important for young Natives.

  • concerned
    May 29, 2014 - 17:22

    it's too bad he wasn't well enough to have a few more terms.