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Former NDP leader, advocate and activist Cle Newhook has died

Cle Newhook, former NDP leader, was a longtime activist, volunteer, advocate and author. He championed the causes of many during his life. He shown here in a photo on his Facebook page.
Cle Newhook, former NDP leader, was a longtime activist, volunteer, advocate and author. He championed the causes of many during his life. He shown here in a photo on his Facebook page. - Submitted

Cle Newhook, former NDP leader, author and theologian had died after a short bout with cancer.
Newhook was an activist and advocate who worked for many causes over the years. He was an ordained Anglican minister who became leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party in 1989 after defeating MHA Gene Long in a close race. He led the party until 1992.

Outside of his political career he was a co-ordinator of student services at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the university’s chaplain. He served as the director of the Ocean Ranger Families Foundation, a non-profit foundation established after the 1982 oilrig disaster during which 84 people were lost at sea.

He worked with and served as president of the Newfoundland Pony Society, lobbying to bring 20 Newfoundland ponies that had been shipped to British Columbia back home in 2014 after he discovered they were not in a good situation.

He also served on the provincial Electoral Districts Boundary Commission in 2006.

According to a fresh Wikipedia article posted overnight, more recently, Newhook was a marketing consultant and the director of Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador.

No funeral arrangements have yet been announced.

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