Ted Andersen in 2009

Ted Andersen, seen in a 2009 photograph, was involved for decades in local politics on Labrador's coast. (CBC)

Well-known Labrador politician and Inuit elder Ted Andersen has died, after undergoing care at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony.

Andersen, 83, a co-founder of the Labrador Combined Councils, died Sunday. 

He had served for more than 20 years as a member of the Makkovik Community Council. 

His nephew, Toby Andersen, said his uncle will be remembered as someone who did a lot for coastal Labrador. 

"The way that Uncle Ted in particular talked about the need to develop the communities on a regional basis ... there was the need for CBC Radio and Television ... the need for housing, fishery development with fish plants," Andersen said in an interview.

"All of those issues he always thought not just for himself, or his communities — but all of the communities." 

Ted Andersen spent the past several years as a resident of Harbourview Manor, an assisted-living facility for seniors in Mary’s Harbour, Labrador.