HAMILTON — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement following the death of John Rafferty, a former member of parliament and life-long New Democrat:
“John Rafferty was dedicated to community and service, driven by empathy, and was generous with his tireless energy. He made the world around him a better, more hopeful place.
On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I extend condolences to Pamela, and to all John’s loved ones.
All those who knew him, including those lucky enough to have been friends and colleagues with John in our NDP family, will remember fondly and miss deeply his caring nature, his abiding love of Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario, and especially his contagious sense of humour.
John wanted to make life better for others — his family, his community and especially the most vulnerable among us. I hope all his loved ones find comfort now in knowing that he did that.”