[ View the story "Herb Gray, ex-deputy PM, dead at 82" on Storify] Herb Gray, ex-deputy PM, dead at 82 Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister and Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister, has died at the age of 82, the federal Liberal Party announced late Monday night.
CBC News Community· Mon, Apr 21 2014 20:33:09
Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister under Jean Chretien and Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister, has died at the age of 82, the federal Liberal Party announced Monday night.
Former deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at 82. (McGill grad, BCom’52) http://t.co/0ZgQoXOVeXMcGill University
He was one of the longest serving MPs in Canadian history, having served the people of Windsor West for nearly four decades.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau released a statement expressing his "great sadness" about the news. He called Gray "one of Canada's great statesmen" and said he leaves behind "an immense legacy unmatched by most in Canadian history."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also expressed his condolences to Gray's surviving family: a wife, two children and eight grand kids.
.@LaureenHarper & I express our condolences to the family of Herb Gray. He was an honourable parliamentarian who served his country well. Stephen Harper
Green Party leader Elizabeth May tweeted condolences on behalf of her party.
On behalf of the #GPC, condolences to wife Sharon and the whole family. The Rt Hon Herb Gray contributed enormously to Canada. RIP #cdnpoliElizabeth May MP
Other Canadian politicians also tweeted their condolences and memories of the former politician.
Very sorry to hear about the loss of Former Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray. A great Canadian! Thoughts & prayers go out to his family.John Tory
Saddened to learn of the death of the Hon Herb Gray, a truly great Parliamentarian and Canadian. Condolences to Sharon, Jonathan & ElizabethJason Kenney
Very sad to hear the passing of my friend Herb Gray. A great Canadian #RIP #cdnpoliHon. Sheila Copps
Deeply saddened to hear of passing of Herb Gray. Great advocate and the type of member we all aspire to be. Prayers for his family. RIPTeresa Piruzza
But Gray didn't just make his mark on politicians, he also touched the lives of many Canadians who expressed their memories of him online.
Like Jim Flaherty, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a legit politico of any stripe who didn't like and respect Herb Gray #cdnpoliSean_Reid
Loved Herb Gray :(cmoar
Oh no! Herb Gray died. One of my favourite people in politics. Just a decent, smart human being. #cdnpoliChris Wakelin