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HALIFAX — A former educator, Halifax deputy mayor and Nova Scotia Liberal cabinet minister has died.

Family members say Gerald (Gerry) O'Malley was 90 when he died at home on Friday.

O'Malley was in office for a decade as the member of the legislature for Halifax Needham, and became the minister of Supply and Services and then minister of Science and Technology under premier John Savage.

After Russell MacLellan succeeded Savage, O'Malley was moved to the Labour portfolio, where he brought in safety training changes in the wake of the Westray mining disaster that resulted in 26 miners' deaths. 

He lost his seat during the 1998 election to NDP candidate Maureen MacDonald, one of several ministers who fell as the Liberals dropped to 19 seats, tied with the NDP.

Before entering municipal politics and serving as an alderman and deputy mayor of Halifax, O'Malley was an educator, working as vocational teacher and later as principal at the Akerley campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax.

O'Malley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marie, four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A funeral is planned on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata church.

The Canadian Press

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