18 February 2008

Atlantic Accord among his professional legacies

Cyril Abery, the man who chaired the negotiating team for the real Atlantic Accord passed away on February 18, 2008.  He was 71 years old.

Abery is seen in the photo at left, in the dark blue suit whit his left hand resting on Brian Mulroney's chair. The photo is of the official federal and provincial negotiating teams plus the first ministers and energy ministers who signed the 1985 Atlantic Accord.

Here's the official obituary:

Cyril J. Abery died suddenly at his home in St. John’s on February 15, 2008. He will be missed by his loving companion Lynn Verge, his sister Joyce Goss and daughters Mary-Patricia and Anne-Marie, his sister and brother-in-law Sylvia and Clyde Pretty and their son Keith, and his sister-in-law Dorothy Abery and her daughter Jane. He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Stella (Neville) Abery and also his brother Dennis Abery.

An economist by profession, he worked for many years in senior public service positions with the Government of Newfoundland, serving as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Chairman and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Corporation. Under Premier Brian Peckford he chaired the offshore public service negotiating team that succeeded in getting the Atlantic Accord. He taught economics and public policy at Memorial University of Newfoundland and, after retirement from Hydro, served as Deputy Mayor of Conception Bay South. He was a proud Newfoundlander and loved to walk in and around St. John’s.

At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. People wishing to honour his memory may do so by planting and tending a tree (chestnuts and copper beech were favourites of his) or by making a donation to the East Coast Trail Association.

To send a message of condolence or sign the memorial guest book, please visit www.carnells.com.