John Eldon Green

John Eldon Green seated with the first recipients of the Mary and John Eldon Green Scholarship in 2012. (Dalhousie University)

A former long-time deputy minister of social services for P.E.I. and a well-loved social advocate has died.

John Eldon Green was called an agent of change during his 10 years as deputy minister.

After his time in the civil service, he went on to form a consulting company, Smith Green Consultants. He was always outspoken on social justice issues, and in his later years became involved in the harness racing industry.

A scholarship in his name at Dalhousie University for occupational therapy students was awarded for the first time in 2012.

He was also an author, publishing two books reflecting on his life and his long career in public office.

Green was 87.

Visiting hours are scheduled for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hillsboro Funeral Home with the funeral being held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer.