Noble Villeneuve (left), with his father Alfred Villeneuve, on the night he was first elected MPP for Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry in 1983. Photo courtesy of Roxanne Villeneuve's Facebook page.
MAXVILLE, Ontario - Noble Villeneuve, long time MPP for Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Maxville Manor, he was 79.
Born and raised in Moose Creek, Villeneuve was first elected to the riding of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry for the Progressive Conservative Party in 1983 and served for the next 15 years.
He served in the cabinets of both Premier Frank Miller and Mike Harris. He served as Minister for Agricultural Affairs with responsibility for Francophone Affairs from 1995 until 1999.
"He was a great guy and was passionate about being an MPP in the province," said his nephew, South Glengarry Deputy Mayor Frank Prevost. "He was very much a family man. He wasn't the kind of politician who put things off, he always got to it."
Before getting into provincial politics, Villeneuve was a real-estate appraiser and farmer. He was the First Vice President of the Ontario Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
"I would like to extend my sincere condolences on hearing of the passing of former MPP Noble Villeneuve," wrote Conservative Deputy Leader and Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark on Twitter. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Noble was a strong voice in Cabinet for Farmers and for Eastern Ontario."