The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador lost one of its most dedicated public servants last week with the passing of Honorable Derrick Bragg at age 65. Bragg, who served as a Member of the House of Assembly and cabinet minister, died after a battle with cancer. In this obituary, we remember Bragg’s legacy as a passionate representative of rural regions and as a principled advocate who never gave up fighting for the people and places he cared so deeply about. Though mourned by many, Bragg’s commitment to community and provincial service will not be forgotten.
Derrick Bragg Obituary news
The Honorable Derrick Bragg, a longtime member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly and former provincial cabinet minister, passed away on Friday at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.
Bragg, who represented the district of Fogo Island-Cape Freels, was first elected as a Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) in 2015. He quickly earned a reputation as a passionate advocate for his district and for rural parts of the province.
In 2017, Bragg was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment in the Liberal provincial government led by Premier Dwight Ball. As minister, he oversaw efforts to strengthen municipal governance and expand environmental protections across the province.
Beyond his political career, Bragg was known as a devoted family man and pillar of his community. He leaves behind his wife Sarah, two children, and four grandchildren.
Friend and colleague MHA Joanne Thompson said of Bragg, “Derrick was a tireless champion for the people and places he represented. Even when the fight seemed hopeless, he never gave up trying to make life better for rural Newfoundlanders.”
Premier Ball called Bragg’s passing “a tremendous loss for our province.” He added, “Derrick brought boundless energy, enthusiasm and good humor to everything he did. I was proud to call him a friend and colleague.”
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday in Bragg’s hometown of Greenspond. In lieu of flowers, his family has asked that donations be made to the Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Health Centre in Fogo Island.
Bragg’s legacy of principled public service and advocacy will not be forgotten. He leaves behind many mourners across Newfoundland and Labrador who are grateful for his years of dedication to the people.