March 5, 2016 3:43 pm
Updated: March 6, 2016 6:08 am

Don Getty remembered as family man and statesman at state funeral

WATCH ABOVE: Albertans packed a church in downtown Edmonton Saturday to pay their respects to a man who inspired so many - whether as a premier, a football player or as a father. Tom Vernon reports on the funeral for former Alberta premier Don Getty.


EDMONTON – Former Alberta premier Don Getty was remembered as a family man and a statesmen at his funeral in Edmonton today.

Getty died last week at age 82, after years of declining health.

READ MORE: Former Alberta Premier Don Getty dies at 82

About 600 people, including family members, former political colleagues and Premier Rachel Notley came to pay respects in the service at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral.

Watch below: Premier Rachel Notley pays tribute to Don Getty at a state funeral for the former Alberta premier.

Getty’s sons recalled a father who never missed watching his kids at sports, who treated Sunday family dinners as sacrosanct, who always took time to toss the football to kids in the neighbourhood, and who fiercely loved his wife Margaret.

Watch below: Derek Getty pays tribute to his father Don Getty at a state funeral for the former Alberta premier.

Watch below: Don Getty’s son Darin shares memories of the former Alberta premier

Getty’s former political aide and friend, Patrick Delaney, recalled a man who lived by the creed of treating people with respect, being tough but fair in negotiations, and above all keeping one’s head in a crisis.

Watch below: Patrick Delaney delivers a eulogy for his friend and colleague Don Getty. Delaney was Getty’s executive secretary when he served as premier of Alberta.

Delaney said he has lost a dear friend and Canada has lost one of its greatest and most respected champions.

Watch below: The grandchildren of Don Getty share their memories of the former Alberta premier at a state funeral held for him in Edmonton.

Watch below: The family of former premier Don Getty is met outside the Alberta Legislature building by Robert Wanner, the speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The ceremony was held shortly before a state funeral for Getty who died last week. Wanner also presented the family with one of the flags that had been flying at half-staff at the legislature last week, in tribute to the former premier.

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