March 2, 2016 5:13 pm
Updated: March 5, 2016 3:30 pm

Albertans invited to honour former premier Don Getty at funeral March 5

State funeral will be held for former premier Don Getty on Sat. March 5

Government of Alberta

Albertans are invited to remember Don Getty, the former premier who helped steer Alberta through the economic slowdown and falling energy prices of the 1980s, at a state funeral Saturday, March 5. Global News will be live-streaming and broadcasting the service on all Alberta stations in a province-wide special anchored by Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke and Carole Anne Devaney from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. MT.

Condolence books have been set out for the public to sign and offer support to the Getty family. An online tribute page is also available.

READ MORE: ‘A great Albertan’: Tributes to former premier Don Getty pour in

The former premier passed away Feb. 26 at the age of 82. Getty served as Alberta’s premier from 1985 to 1991, during which time he created Family Day.

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“Family was important,” son Darin Getty said in a past interview. “We took a lot of trips together as family…that was important to my dad.” He believes starting Family Day may end up being one of his father’s political legacies.

READ MORE: ‘He was always there’ – Don Getty’s son remembers ‘tough but fair’ dad

Prior to his political career, Getty was a quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos and won two Grey Cups.

The public is invited to attend the state funeral on a first-come, first-seated basis, but there will be limited public seating.

The service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. MT at Edmonton’s All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, 10035-103 Street N.W.

Parking is available south of the church and in the Bay parkade. All attendees are asked to be in their seats by 10:40 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the Getty family is asking that donations be made to the Salvation Army or the Edmonton Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Watch below: Global’s coverage of the passing of Don Getty

The condolence books can be found at:

Alberta Legislature – Rotunda

10800-97 Avenue
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekends
Available until end of day Sunday, March 6

McDougall Centre

455 6 Street S.W.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Available until end of day Friday, March 4

Stettler Provincial Building

4705 49 Avenue
8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Available until end of day Friday, March 4

With files from Global’s Emily Mertz and Karen Bartko

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