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Friday, September 16, 2011

Former Premier Remembers The Late Neil McKelvey As Unpretentious

A former Premier calls the late Neil McKelvey a "genial giant" who put Saint John and New Brunswick law and lawyers on the map.

That's how Frank McKenna describes the man who died last weekend after a battle with cancer at the age of 86.

McKenna tells CHSJ News he first met McKelvey in his early days as a lawyer more than 30 years ago.

McKenna says McKelvey was extraordinary community citizen in Saint John and in the Province as head of one of the largest and most prestigious regional law firms. McKelvey co-authored a report on health care which was the foundation of the reforms that were implemented during his time as Premier.

A public celebration of Neil McKelvey's life will be held this afternoon at the Imperial Theatre getting underway at 2:30.