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Monday April 21st, 2014

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Former Windsor MP Herb Gray has died at the age of 82.

He was first elected to Parliament on June 18, 1962. He represented the people of Windsor West for almost 40 years, making him one of the longest serving Members of Parliament in Canadian history. He was elected in 13 consecutive elections. He was Canada’s first Jewish federal cabinet minister.

When he left Parliament in January 2002, he was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was then given the title, Right Honourable, by the Governor General, a title normally reserved for Prime Ministers and Chief Justices of the Supreme Court.

The new Windsor-Essex Parkway was named in his honour.

Herb Gray is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon Sholzberg-Gray, his children, Dr. Jonathan Gray and Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and eight grandchildren.

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