September 25, 2002
Premier pays tribute to Herbert Pottle
"Herbert Pottle embodied what it means to be a Newfoundlander and Labradorian," said Premier Roger Grimes, today, acknowledging the death of Dr. Herbert Lench Pottle, who served as a Cabinet Minister in the first provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Wherever his career and life experiences took him he held fast to his roots as a Newfoundlander, illustrated in the books he wrote chronicling a broad range of topics about his native home from politics to humour. Dr. Pottle showed strength of character and leadership during one of the most turbulent times of this province’s history in the late 1940s as he worked to bring Newfoundland into the dominion of Canada," said the Premier. "His dedication, commitment and service to his province and his country should never be diminished or forgotten."
In conclusion Premier Grimes said, "To his family, on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, I offer condolences as we remember the life of a remarkable Newfoundlander."
Dr. Pottle died in Ottawa on Saturday, September 21. He was 95 years old.
Media contact: Carl Cooper, Office of the Premier, (709) 729-3960.
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