STRATFORD - Stratford state Rep. Terry Backer has died.
The 61-year-old veteran lawmaker died early Tuesday morning following a five-year battle with brain cancer.
Backer, a Democrat, represented the 121st District for 12 terms starting in 1992.
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The lifelong environmental activist also founded the Soundkeeper Fund, which is dedicated to maintaining and preserving Long Island Sound.
Services for Backer will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home in Norwalk. His funeral will follow on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, also in Norwalk.