Public memorial for Ralph Klein to be held Friday
Michael Franklin, CTV Calgary
Published Monday, April 1, 2013 9:10AM MDT
Last Updated Monday, April 1, 2013 3:57PM MDT
Canadians will be able to say goodbye to Ralph Klein, the People’s Premier, at a public memorial to be held in Calgary on Friday.
The City of Calgary has confirmed that a memorial will be held at the Jack Singer Concert Hall at noon on April 5.
Klein’s family announced that he died at a Calgary care centre in the early morning hours of March 29.
Many are calling the venue an appropriate choice because it it just steps away from City Hall, where Klein started his political career.
He was Calgary's mayor from 1980 until 1989 and then moved up to provincial politics in 1992.
The service, which is made up of invited guests, will include seating for the general public.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to be among the invited guests on Friday.
Harper called Klein a unique and significant leader.
Klein’s family has asked that there will be no state funeral.
Books of condolence have been set up in Calgary and across the province for residents to pay tribute.
Calgarians can sign the book of condolence at the McDougall Centre until April 12.
CTV News will stream the memorial live on our website beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday.