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A friend of Longboat Key and former Nova Scotia Premier Gerry Regan passes at 91

Former Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan, a one-time sportscaster, eight-year Canadian Premier and avid tennis player on Longboat Key, died last week at the age of 91.

Regan spent time with his wife, Carole, at their Longboat Key Sanctuary Condominium and was a tennis player on the island. He was part of an extended tennis group for more than 20 years and a member of both the John Short Tennis Academy and Dick Eagen Tennis Academy for many years. He was known for his superior net play and charming on court demeanor according to fellow players.

Gerry and Carole sponsored many end-of-the-year gatherings for tennis players as well.

“One of the greatest pleasures for many of us was knowing Gerry. On numerous levels he was just a wonderful person to be around,” wrote Longboater Paul Skversky following Regan’s passing.

Regan started his career in Nova Scotia as an attorney and spent eight years as the Province’s 19th Premier, with his liberal party winning a minority government in 1970 and a majority in 1974.

Upon entering politics and when first elected in 1970, Regan vowed to end patronage and pushed economic development as well as offshore gas and oil development.

Many credit his initiatives with bolstering and pushing Nova Scotia into the arena of international trade, with a basis built on steel, petroleum and electrical energy development.

Later, Regan served in the cabinets of former Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and John Turner.

Regan was born Feb. 13, 1928 in Windsor, Nova Scotia to an Irish Catholic family. He served as editor of his high school newspaper as well as became class president. He attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax and worked his way through Dalhousie Law School as a sports announcer.

He became a top labor attorney in the country before winning an election to Parliament in 1963. It was two years later that he gained the Liberal Party leadership at age 37.

In his personal life, Regan married Carole Harrison in 1956. They raised six children and for more than two decades spent time enjoying the much warmer climate and the inviting friendships made on Longboat Key.

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1 Response for “A friend of Longboat Key and former Nova Scotia Premier Gerry Regan passes at 91”

  1. Poe says:

    Nova Scotia has some of the best shoreline is the world !! Just not as warm as LBK

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