By Andrew Macdonald
Because I am obsessive compulsive and because prominent Spring Garden Road panhandler Wray Hart was a human like you and I, and in the there-but-for-the-grace-of-God department, I am writing one last story about Wray — the fifth article since he was mowed down at 3 a.m. by a car while collecting empty bottles and cans.
After I wrote Lieut-Gov Art LeBlanc and his gracious wife Patsy, as leaders of the Halifax south end, attended Wray’s funeral, I heard from Art’s spokesman, Craig Walkington.
“Their honours attended the funeral for Wray Hart as private citizens as his honour would frequently engage with Mr. Hart when he walked to/from work when he was a justice of the Supreme Court,” he wrote.
“Their honours were sincerely saddened by the tragic death of Mr. Hart and wished to pay their respects to him by attending the funeral.”And, I also heard from top Tory establishment members, including Peter McCreath, a former Mulroney MP, and cabinet minister under Kim Campbell. He wrote The Macdonald Notebook about how he was touched that Art and Patsy attended 62-year-old Wray’s sendoff.
“Our new lieutenant-governor and his wife are the epitome of class acts. Personable, accomplished, but down to earth. It doesn’t surprise me that they would show up at Wray’s funeral,” he wrote.
“We are honoured to have them representing our Queen in Nova Scotia.”
I have removed the paywall from the two Wray articles last weekend, and the two Wray articles from the weekend prior.