N.L. cabinet minister Derrick Bragg succumbs to cancer at 59

    Derrick Bragg

    Bragg spent most of his life in public service roles in Newfoundland & Labrador.

    Derrick Bragg, a prominent figure in Newfoundland and Labrador politics and the Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) for Fogo Island-Cape Freels, passed away yesterday at the age of 59, seven months after revealing his battle with tongue cancer. Premier Andrew Furey officially confirmed Bragg's death in a statement released early on Monday afternoon.

    Bragg entered provincial politics in 2015, winning the MHA seat for the Fogo Island-Cape Freels district during the election that brought Dwight Ball's Liberal Party into power. However, his political journey took a somber turn in June 2023 when he disclosed his cancer diagnosis. Despite stepping away from his ministerial role, Bragg continued to contribute as a minister without portfolio, offering guidance to his colleagues without specific responsibilities while undergoing cancer treatment.

    Born and raised in Greenspond, Bragg's roots ran deep in the community. He served as the town clerk and manager for three decades and dedicated 28 years of his life as the fire chief. Additionally, his commitment extended to the provincial level, where he played a crucial role on the board of directors for the N.L. Association of Municipal Administrators for eight years, including a five-year term as president.

    Bragg's passing marks the end of a dedicated and influential political career, leaving behind a legacy of service and leadership in both local and provincial capacities.

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