Rhode Island republicans, democrats pay tribute to former Gov. Lincoln Almond

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island leaders are paying tribute to former Rhode Island Republican Gov. Lincoln Almond.

Almond passed away at the age of 86.

He served as the 72nd governor from 1995-2003.

SENATE PRESIDENT DOMINICK RUGGERIO

“I am honored to have worked in the Senate while Lincoln Almond was Governor. His leadership helped transform our state, particularly with regard to economic development, infrastructure, and investment in our institutions of higher learning. He led with humility, compassion and class, and he left our state a better place to live and work. The prayers of the Senate are with Governor Almond’s family, friends and loved ones today.”

FORMER CRANSTON MAYOR ALLAN FUNG AND STATE REP. BARBARA ANN FENTON-FUNG

“Governor Almond was an extraordinarily kind man and leader, who led the rebirth of our state’s higher education institutions and led the spark that ignited what Quonset is today. He was extraordinarily funny with a hearty laugh, and always had a great way about him in seeing the big picture and being a long-term thinker. We will miss our chats about politics – his stories were legendary – and family. Our hearts are with Marilyn and his entire family today.”

HOUSE SPEAKER JOE SHEKARCHI

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Governor Lincoln Almond, who had a long and distinguished career in public service. He was an outstanding town administrator in Lincoln and was nationally recognized as a U.S. Attorney. He capped off his career with eight years as Governor, always displaying dignity and compassion while working in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish so much for the people of Rhode Island. All of the members of the House of Representatives join me in extending our thoughts and prayers to the family of Governor Almond.”

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