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Bill Rompkey passes away at 80

Bill Rompkey, former MP and Senator, passed away at the age of 80
Bill Rompkey, former MP and Senator, passed away at the age of 80

Former Labrador MP and Senator Bill Rompkey has died at the age of 80. Rompkey, who ran as a Liberal, had been battling cancer in recent months.

Rompkey was the Member of Parliament for Labrador from 1972 to 1995 and then became a member of the Senate, where he served until his retirement in 2011. 

Graham Letto, MHA for Labrador West, said Rompkey was a ‘true gentleman’ who had a rapport with people that very politicians would have.

“He was a politician that I certainly aspire to, and try to emulate, in terms of his political skills,” Letto told TC. “He was a true friend of Labrador there's no question about that, he did a lot for the region.”

He said he knew Rompkey for a long time and had the privilege of campaigning door-to-door with him, when he was canvassing as an MP. He said he witnessed the easy manner Rompkey had with people and his political skill. Letto said Rompkey thought a lot of Labrador and Labradorians.

Rompkey was raised on the south coast of Newfoundland's and came to Labrador as the principal of a school in North West River. He later became a school board Superintendent before entering politics in 1972, when he was elected as a Liberal MP. He held that position until 1995.

Peter Fenwick was representing the Menihek district during part of Rompkey’s tenure as MP and had kind words to say about the former senator.

“Bill Rompkey was one of nature's gentlemen and his passing leaves a hole in the body of civil politicians,” Fenwick said in an email to TC. “We will miss him.”

Rompkey held cabinet minister positions under Pierre Elliot Trudeau and John Turner and in the Senate held the position of Government Whip for five years. He was also one of the senators found to have ineligible expense claims by the auditor general in 2016.

Rompkey was the Member of Parliament for Labrador from 1972 to 1995 and then became a member of the Senate, where he served until his retirement in 2011. 

Graham Letto, MHA for Labrador West, said Rompkey was a ‘true gentleman’ who had a rapport with people that very politicians would have.

“He was a politician that I certainly aspire to, and try to emulate, in terms of his political skills,” Letto told TC. “He was a true friend of Labrador there's no question about that, he did a lot for the region.”

He said he knew Rompkey for a long time and had the privilege of campaigning door-to-door with him, when he was canvassing as an MP. He said he witnessed the easy manner Rompkey had with people and his political skill. Letto said Rompkey thought a lot of Labrador and Labradorians.

Rompkey was raised on the south coast of Newfoundland's and came to Labrador as the principal of a school in North West River. He later became a school board Superintendent before entering politics in 1972, when he was elected as a Liberal MP. He held that position until 1995.

Peter Fenwick was representing the Menihek district during part of Rompkey’s tenure as MP and had kind words to say about the former senator.

“Bill Rompkey was one of nature's gentlemen and his passing leaves a hole in the body of civil politicians,” Fenwick said in an email to TC. “We will miss him.”

Rompkey held cabinet minister positions under Pierre Elliot Trudeau and John Turner and in the Senate held the position of Government Whip for five years. He was also one of the senators found to have ineligible expense claims by the auditor general in 2016.

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