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Former Montague town councillor, Liberal MLA and long-time community volunteer Peter Doucette has died.
Doucette, who most recently spent nine years as chairman of the board with the P.E.I. Council of People with Disabilities, died Jan. 4 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
He was 64.
Former Montague Mayor Richard Collins remembered Doucette as a people person who it was easy to have a conversation with about anything once you got to know him.
Collins said he was blessed to have had the chance to serve on council with Doucette.
“Peter was always an outstanding councillor,” he said.
Doucette spent part of his early life living in Massachusetts where he went to Stonehill College and worked alongside U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy as his youth campaign manager.
Over the years he held a variety of jobs, including as program manager of the Regional Co-operative Development Centre in Moncton and as a contractor with Georgetown Shipyards.
Doucette was first elected to the legislature as a Liberal in 1989 for the former riding of Third Kings.
He was re-elected in 1993 and went on to serve as government whip.
Doucette later went on to serve on Montague town council.
Throughout his years living in Montague, Doucette was involved in a variety of community groups, including as founding chairman of the Southern Kings and Queens Advisory Board. Collins said Doucette always had great ideas on how to try and make the town grow and be a better place.
“Peter was always thinking ahead,” Collins said.
One of Doucette’s lasting contributions to Montague was the Artisans on Main project he was involved in.
Collins said Doucette worked very hard on that project.
“It was one of the more successful ones we have today,” Collins said.
On a personal level, Collins said Doucette was an all-around good guy and he had a great interest in Montague.
“Peter will be missed.”
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home. Funeral mass is Saturday at St. Mary’s Parish in Montague at 2 p.m.