Lieutenant Governor passes away at age 78

Saskatchewan's 22nd Lieutenant Governor, W. Thomas Molloy, passed away from cancer on Tuesday. (The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan/Website)

Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Thomas Molloy passed away at 78 on Tuesday morning following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Premier Scott Moe shared his condolences in a news release: “His many contributions to the betterment of our country leaves a tremendous legacy that I hope provides his family with some comfort in this time of grief.”

Molloy was sworn in as the 22nd Lieutenant Governor in March of 2018.

He’s taken part in hundreds of events across the province, supporting youth, newcomers, seniors, literacy and mental health initiatives.

But Molloy will be particularly remembered for his contribution to treaty-making and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

He worked with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and Nisga’a Final Agreement in British Columbia. This led to his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996 and as a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2012.

In addition, Molloy got the 2018 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law from the Canadian Bar Association, which recognizes someone who has contributed to the law or legal scholarship in Canada.

He was also Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007.

Molloy was a respected Saskatoon lawyer, negotiator and author.

“On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan and people of our province, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Molloy’s family, and to the many that called him a friend. His Honour had a lasting impact on our province and nation in his five decades of dedicated service,” said Moe.

The public is invited to sign books of condolences at Saskatoon’s City Hall, Government House or in the main lobby of the legislative building in Regina. You can also send online condolences at