Politicians of all stripes, along with friends and family, have taken to social media and beyond to reflect on the life of Jim Prentice.
The former long-time MP and then Alberta premier was killed in a plane crash near Kelowna on Thursday evening.
Three others were also killed.
The family of Prentice released this statement:
Words cannot begin to express our profound shock and heartbreak at the news that our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Jim, has died in this tragic event.
In addition, another member of our family was also on the plane, Ken Gellatly, the father-in-law of one of our daughters, also a very special man.
To lose two family members at once is unbelievably painful and we are certain you will appreciate and respect our wishes for privacy at this time and the coming weeks.
We are also thinking of the other families who have been affected by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
In the time Jim has been with us, he was a friend to many. Jim was a loving and compassionate man who dedicated his life to his family and public service. He will be so greatly missed.
We are certainly appreciative of your condolences and prayers at this terrible time.
Premier Rachel Notley also released a statement on Friday afternoon:
“I have been informed that Premier Jim Prentice was the victim of a terrible aircraft accident last night.
“I spoke with his wife, Karen, and expressed the profound sorrow and sympathy I feel, and that I know all Albertans feel, in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.
“I also spoke with PC leader Ric McIver.
“There are no words adequate for moments like this, as my family knows very well.
“But there are words to remember Premier Prentice’s contributions to Alberta. He served our province in so many roles for so many years. He deeply loved Alberta. He worked tirelessly for all of us, in the true spirit of one who is committed to public service. I benefited from his advice, and the Government of Alberta is continuing to pursue many of his initiatives. All Albertans are the better for this.
“We will find an appropriate occasion to fully remember Premier Prentice’s career and contributions.
“But today our thoughts are with his family. With Karen and their daughters Christina, Cassia and Kate. And with two grandchildren who will have much to be proud of in their grandfather.
“This tragedy was made worse by the death on the same flight of Premier Prentice’s good friend, and father of his son-in-law, Dr. Ken Gellatly.
“Our thoughts are also with Premier Prentice’s friends and colleagues.
“For Alberta, today is a day of sorrow in the face of terrible tragedy.
“To all Albertans, I urge you to look at the faces of those we love and remember that every moment with them is a precious gift.”
And interim PC leader Ric McIver released this statement:
“We are heartbroken to learn that former Premier Jim Prentice has lost his life in a tragic accident yesterday evening.
“Jim was a friend and mentor to us all and his dedication to public service was an inspiration to everyone who had the honour of working with him. As the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Industry, Minister of Environment and as Alberta’s 16th Premier, he made significant contributions to his community on both the provincial and federal levels.
“Beyond this dedication and commitment to public service, Jim was a kind and generous man who always put his family first. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife Karen, their daughters and the entire Prentice family.”
There aren't words.....Karen, Cassia, Christina, Kate - we're all here if you need anything. I'm so sorry for your loss.— Michelle Rempel, MP (@MichelleRempel) October 14, 2016