The flag of the Province of Saskatchewan is flying at half-mast at Swift Current’s City Hall following the passing of Saskatchewan's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy.
The City learned of the Lieutenant Governor’s passing following an announcement made by Premier Scott Moe yesterday, July 2nd. Molloy passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Mayor Denis Perrault, on behalf of the City of Swift Current, offered his condolences to Molloy’s family, friends and colleagues.
“Lieutenant Governor Molloy served our Province and Country with dedication, compassion and respect over many decades,” said Mayor Perrault. “Personally, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Molloy on a few occasions, and I fondly recall his kindness and his genuine interest in the community of Swift Current.”
The Provincial Flag at City Hall will remain at half-mast until the end of the day of the funeral service, which is to be announced.
On July 2, Saskatchewan Lt. Gov. Thomas Molloy lost his battle against cancer. He is being remembered by colleagues in the province as well as throughout the country.
Premier Moe’s office issued the following statement:
Premier Scott Moe regrets to share the sad news of the death of Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, O.C., S.O.M., on July 2nd, 2019, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Krista and I are saddened by the news of the passing of our Lieutenant Governor. On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan and people of our province, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Molloy’s family, and to the many that called him a friend. His Honour had a lasting impact on our province and nation in his five decades of dedicated service. His many contributions to the betterment of our country leaves a tremendous legacy that I hope provides his family with some comfort in this time of grief.”
Mr. Molloy was installed as the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan on March 21st, 2018. Since his installation, he took part in hundreds of events, earning the admiration and affection of people across the province. He participated in many celebrations with Indigenous communities, in addition to his support for youth, mental health initiatives, literacy, new Canadians, and seniors.
Molloy, a respected Saskatoon lawyer, negotiator, and author, was renowned for his treaty-making and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. His work in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the historic Nisga’a Final Agreement in British Columbia led to his investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996, and as a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2012. Among many other accolades, he received the 2018 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law from the Canadian Bar Association. He also served as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007, and was Chancellor Emeritus.
Books of condolence will be available for the public to sign at Government House, in the main lobby of the Legislative Building in Regina, and at City Hall in Saskatoon, beginning on Wednesday July 3rd, 2019. Online condolences can be sent through the official website of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office: www.ltgov.sk.ca.
Flags on all Government of Saskatchewan buildings will be placed at half-mast immediately and until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service, arrangements for which are still pending.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also sent condolences from Ottawa.
"Today, I join the people of Saskatchewan to mourn the passing of their Lieutenant Governor, His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, after a battle with cancer.
"Mr. Molloy's life was defined by his dedicated service to others. His exceptional career as a negotiator, lawyer, and author, as well as his work to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, left an indelible mark on his beloved province and Canada as a whole.
"Mr. Molloy was the lead federal negotiator for the largest land claim settlement in Canadian history – the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement – which led to the establishment of Nunavut in 1999. He also led negotiations on the first modern-day treaty in British Columbia – the Nisga'a Final Agreement – and helped pave the way for a renewed relationship between the Nisga'a Nation and the Crown.
"For his contributions, Mr. Molloy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, invested with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and received numerous awards for his work in his hometown of Saskatoon. He also served as Chancellor of his alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan, from 2001 to 2007. His many recognitions speak to the lives he changed for the better.
"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Molloy's family and friends, and to the people of Saskatchewan. His work and legacy will live on."