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Media Release: Former Cambridge MPP will be missed by many in Cambridge

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Statement by MPP Kathryn McGarry - It is with shock and sadness that I learned of the passing of former Cambridge MPP Gerry Martiniuk today.

WireService.ca Media Release (05/02/2017) Cambridge, ON - We may have differed politically, but we shared a common goal of doing what was best for the people Cambridge and North Dumfries.

Gerry always put his constituents first. He was a fixture in the riding and always made time to talk to, and spend time with, the various groups that make up our community. I remember fondly seeing Gerry out at community events, and the warmth and compassion he showed to everyone who approached him with an issue or a problem.

He was the example of how an elected official should conduct themselves, and I have always modelled myself on his approach of actively listening and working hard for the people we represent.

Born in 1938 in Toronto, Gerry studied at University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. After moving to the Cambridge area, he worked with community groups including St. John Ambulance, Preston-Hespeler Rotary Club and Trinity Community Table. He was also president of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.

Gerry served as a public school trustee, an alderman in the former Town of Preston and as chair of the Waterloo Region Police Commission. First elected the provincial legislature in 1995 as a Conservative, he was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Gerry was proud to have his Ukrainian Heritage Bill passed in 2011, setting September 7 as Ukrainian Heritage Day in Ontario.

I join with Cambridge and North Dumfries residents in mourning Gerry. I remember how hard he worked for his adopted home town, and I remember his love for Cambridge.

Gerry, you will be missed by friends, neighbours and political colleagues alike.

Kevin Swayze
Director of Communciations
Office of Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge
498 Eagle Street North Suite 101
Cambridge, ON N3H 1C2

 


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