Former premier Angus MacLean dies

Former P.E.I. premier J. Angus MacLean died Tuesday. He was 85.

MacLean suffered a stroke Monday morning at his home in Lewes, P.E.I. He was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he died early Tuesday.

MacLean served 25 years as a Member of Parliament and was Minister of Fisheries from 1957 to 1963 in the government of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

In 1976 he came home to P.E.I. and won the leadership of the provincial Conservative party.

Three years later he led his party to victory and was sworn in as premier on May 3, 1979.

He resigned as premier in 1981 but kept his seat in the legislature until the general election the following year.

Premier Pat Binns was a cabinet minister in MacLean's administration. In a statement Tuesday he said the former premier will be missed, and his contributions will be long remembered.

"I knew him as a friend, a farmer and political leader. His respect for the land, devotion to family, commitment to public service, and love of Prince Edward Island were always evident," Binns said.

The body of the former premier will lie in state at Province House in Charlottetown on Thursday.

Public visiting hours are 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..

The funeral will be held Friday at ll:00 a.m. from the Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, followed by a private family service at the Presbyterian Church in Caledonia.