Former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun has died at age 91. 

Sundlun was a dominant figure in Rhode Island politics, and a true Rhode Island character.  A WWII veteran who was shot down behind enemy lines in Europe, and who joined the Belgian resistence before working his way back to Allied lines without being captured; the moving force behind the expansion of T.F. Green airport; and famously the shooter of racoons in his backyard in Newport:

The Providence Journal has coverage of Sundlun’s death and history.

Sundlun leaves a legacy few in Rhode Island can match.