UPDATED: Former Millbrook Band Chief Lawrence Paul dead at 79

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Former Millbrook Chief Lawrence Paul, who led his community to economic prosperity and served as its leader for 28 years has died.

Paul was 79.

“He just grew tired,” said Chief Bob Gloade. “It was a matter of time. His body slowly started to diminish. He died naturally.”

Paul died late Wednesday night in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre where he had been a patient since last November.

“His entire life was dedicated to serving other people,” said Gloade, who added that Paul's vision and fulfillment of the band’s economic development and prosperity would unquestionably stand as the former leader's legacy.

“That commitment, determination and drive that he was dedicated to helped us be where we are at,” Gloade said.

Paul’s eldest son Jack remembers his father stubbornly battling from the early 1970s onward for the economic prosperity that would eventually become reality.

"He had a dream," Jack Paul said. "He was a very smart person,”

Paul said his father died peacefully just before 10 p.m. with his family at his side.

“He took one last breath, (and was gone).”

Scott Armstrong, MP for Colchester Musquodoboit Valley and a former educator, remembered Paul for his commitment to education and his overall leadership skills.

“He really was a man of vision,” Armstrong said. “I had a kind of special spot in my heart for the guy.”

Gloade said a community wake will be held for Paul although those details are still in the planning stages.

 

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

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Saint John

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