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Businessman and former politician John Carter dead at 84

John Carter
John Carter

A former cabinet minister and the founder of Mount Scio Savoury Farm, John Carter, died after a brief illness Friday at the age of 84.

Carter served as the minister of Education in the Frank Moores government in 1972, and as the MHA for St. John’s North from 1971-1989. He was re-elected five times.

He continued to operate the savoury farm after his political career.

Carter joked with an interviewer in a YouTube video recorded in 2010, but published in 2016, that he didn’t own Mount Scio Savoury farm, but it owned him. During that interview, he described how the operation evolved to become a commercial operation.

“Waking up in the morning, the air in here is nice,” he told the interviewer, Jackson McLean.

A memorial service will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel Thursday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.  Donations in his memory may be made to Lakecrest Independent School, St. John’s (



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