AUGUSTA – In a message sent to the Members of the 129th Legislature, Speaker Sara Gideon shared with them the news that former Representative Dale Denno (D-Cumberland) passed away last night.

After informing her colleagues this morning, Speaker Gideon released the following statement:

“It is with disbelief and deep sadness that I share the news of the passing of Dale Denno.

“Dale was diagnosed with lung cancer last summer, and he vowed to fight that disease and not to let the battle slow him down.  He continued to work as hard for his constituents as he was able to, and when he felt he couldn’t do that to his own satisfaction, he chose to focus solely on his health and family. It was extremely difficult to say goodbye to him, but we are so grateful he made that decision and that he was surrounded by those he loved and who loved him most during these days. I know all of us in the State House share in this grief and will keep his family in our thoughts.

“Simply put, Maine is a better place because of Dale Denno. He was such a passionate public servant, a fierce advocate for his constituents, and I know he is already so sorely missed by his friends and colleagues in the House of Representatives and in the State House.”