A well-known fisherman who was fighting the provincial government for the right to receive money as part of a resettlement program has died.
Lorne Fudge of Harbour Round made headlines last year after a Supreme Court judge ruled in favour of him and his wife in the case of the resettlement of Round Harbour.
Fudge and his wife, Violet, brought the matter before the court after they weren’t granted voting rights in the resettlement vote. The province ruled that since the couple owned only commercial property in the community, they weren’t eligible to vote. However, the court ruled in favour of Fudge in February 2013, saying it was unfair.
The couple have been fighting the case with the government ever since.
In June, Fudge and his crew were rescued at sea after their fishing vessel was caught in heavy ice plaguing the shorelines. The boat eventually sank, but all crew members were rescued safely.
Fudge was an outspoken advocate of the fishery and the many people in the troubled industry.
According to Wimbleton’s Funeral Home, Fudge died Saturday of natural causes at age 50. A funeral service was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Harbour Round on Tuesday.