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Governor J. Joseph Garrahy, who served as state leader from 1977 to 1985, passed away earlier this week.
A state senator, deputy majority leader, lieutenant governor, governor and Democratic Party chairman, Garrahyâ€™s stewardship served as a model and his leadership had a tremendous impact on Rhode Island.
The Narragansett Times will have an in-depth feature on Garrahy in Fridayâ€™s newspaper.
Below is a quote from one of his contemporaries, U.S. Senator Jack Reed.
â€śRhode Island has lost a great statesman and we have all lost a great friend.
â€śJoe Garrahy combined courageous leadership, unimpeachable decency, and a warm and embracing spirit.
â€śHis example sustained us and inspired us, and it will continue to do so.
â€śMy deepest condolences to his wife, Margherite, and his wonderful and loving family.â€ť
Look for more in Friday's issue of the Narragansett Times