Former Muskoka MPP and writer Ken Black dies

Ken Black, Muskoka commentary by Ken Black, former Ontario MPP Ken Black for Parry Sound-Muskoka

An important voice in Muskoka passed away today.

Former Muskoka-Georgian Bay MPP Ken Black died in hospital. According to family members, he lived the last months, weeks and even days of his life to the absolute fullest, and he never ceased his writing. In fact, his most recent column was posted on Muskoka News Watch on August 22.

Born March 11, 1932, Kenneth Black was elected to the Ontario legislature in 1987 to represent the then riding of Muskoka-Georgian Bay. Black became a cabinet minister under David Peterson in August 1989, serving as Minister of Tourism and Recreation and Minister responsible for the provincial anti-drug strategy.

Previous to his political career, he was superintendent of the Muskoka Board of Education until 1987. Before that, he was a secondary school teacher and principal (1958-1980).

In recent years, he wrote columns for the Weekender and then started his own blog and was featured since 2014 on Muskoka News Watch. His insightful commentary and his gentle personality will be sorely missed.

A service of remembrance will be held at Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary School in Bracebridge on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. At Ken’s request, please no flowers, as expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, the Muskoka Conservancy or the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed. Messages of condolence may be left at

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