Premier Darrell Dexter today, Dec. 16, expressed sadness over the death of Ken Spinney of Central Argyle, Yarmouth Co., this year’s donor of Nova Scotia’s Christmas Tree for Boston. “I know that Mr. Spinney was very proud to provide a beautiful, tall tree from his property as this year’s gift from his province to the city of Boston,” said Premier Dexter. “He was able to take part in the tree-cutting ceremony last month and share his love of Nova Scotia through his generosity.” Ken Spinney was a committed husband, father, and grandfather. He worked for Nova Scotia Power for 37 years. He was a man of deep faith who enjoyed fishing and camping in the Nova Scotia wilderness. “My condolences to Mr. Spinney’s wife, Donna, and their family at this difficult time,” said the premier. The tree donated from the Spinney family property stands on the Boston Common as a symbol of Nova Scotia’s gratitude for Boston’s assistance in the aftermath of the Halifax explosion of 1917. This is the 40th anniversary of Nova Scotia’s annual tradition of sending a tree to Boston. The tree is being viewed by thousands of visitors on a daily basis.