Statement by Premier King on the passing of Gwen MacLean

Hon. Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following statement today on the passing of Gwen MacLean: 

“I was saddened to learn of Gwen MacLean’s passing this morning. Born in Saskatchewan, Gwen was a Canadian veteran, dedicated advocate for leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and beloved wife of the late Hon. J. Angus MacLean, former Premier of Prince Edward Island and federal cabinet minister under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. 

After attending the University of Saskatchewan to train as a dietitian, she then joined the Air Force and was posted around Canada and to England where she took pride in her role of keeping Canadian troops healthy and fed until they got back home.   

After serving her country, Gwen had an accomplished career as the Dean of Women at the Olds Alberta Agricultural College and as the head dietitian at Bell Telephone in Montreal.  

After their marriage in 1952, Gwen and Angus raised four children on their family farm in Lewes.  While their life in politics often took them away from home, the couple remained deeply rooted in their love for rural PEI and were fierce protectors of the land and natural beauty of our province. 

My thoughts and sympathies are with Jeannie, Mary Esther, Allan, Rob and their families during this difficult time.” 

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