Calgary memorial planned to honour Ralph Klein
Service at Calgary's Jack Singer Concert Hall on Friday open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis
The City of Calgary is continuing to finalize the details of a public memorial service for Ralph Klein so Albertans can pay tribute to one of the province's most well-known politicians.
Klein died surrounded by friends and family in a long-term facility in Calgary last Friday. The 70-year-old is survived by his wife, five children and grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Friday at noon and will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Watch or listen to a celebration of Ralph Klein's life Friday on CBC Calgary radio, TV and online. Presentation will run from noon to 1 p.m. MT.
The hall — which seats roughly 1,800 people — is expected to be packed to the brim for the "Celebration of Life" held for Klein, who was the former mayor of Calgary and the premier of Alberta from 1992 to 2006.
General seating cards will be distributed to those in line outside the centre's main entrance starting at 9 a.m. MT. Overflow seating will be available for those not able to fit inside the venue. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with everyone expected to take their seats by 11:15 a.m.
The service will also be broadcast on local television and radio stations, including CBC Calgary.
A funeral procession will make two public stops on the way to the Jack Singer: one at the McDougall Centre at 11:15 a.m. where the Klein family will attend a short presentation from the Alberta government and the other at the Municipal Plaza for a presentation from the City of Calgary at 11:25 a.m.
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Screens will also be available at the plaza in front of City Hall, which is across the street from the Jack Singer, for those who wish to stay and watch the memorial service.
The city says rolling road closures will be in effect on Fifth Avenue throughout the morning as the funeral procession makes its way downtown, which will be monitored by Calgary police.
Macleod Trail will also be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Sixth and Ninth avenues to accomodate the events at City Hall and the Jack Singer.
An online tribute page has also been created for Albertans to share their memories of the former premier, and books of condolences have been set up at the McDougall Centre in Calgary and at the legislature in Edmonton by the province until April 12.