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Former Kirkland mayor and Liberal MP for Vaudreuil Nick Discepola, 62, passes away

  • Nick Discepola and his wife, Mary Alice, in their home in Kirkland in 2004.
    Nick Discepola and his wife, Mary Alice, in their home in Kirkland in 2004.
    Photo credit: Gazette file photo

Nick Discepola, a former businessman, mayor of Kirkland and Liberal MP who represented the Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding for over a decade, has died.

Born Nunzio Discepola in Italy in 1949, he died a few days shy of his 63rd birthday.

“Nick was very much a family man. And the Discepolas have been part of this West Island community for years,” Clifford Lincoln, a friend, colleague and former Liberal MP, said Wednesday evening.

“He certainly made a very important contribution to the community as mayor of Kirkland and as MP,” he said.

Lincoln said it was with great sadness that he learned of Discepola’s passing.

Liberal Leader Bob Rae issued a statement from Ottawa, extending his heartfelt sympathies to theDiscepola family and friends.

“Nick was a dedicated and respected representative of his constituents in the House of Commons for over a decade,” Rae said.

“His contributions to Parliament, his community and Quebecers will live on for years to come.”

“In addition to a lengthy and successful career as an entrepreneur, Nick was a lifelong advocate for the people of Kirkland.”

Discepola was elected councillor in Kirkland in 1983 and was elected mayor of the city in 1989.

He took the seat of Vaudreuil for the Liberals in 1993 and held that seat as it expanded into Vaudreaul-Soulanges until his defeat in the 2004 election.

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