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Jack Layton State Funeral

August 29, 2011 by staff 

Jack Layton State FuneralJack Layton State Funeral, Jo-Ann Wells Jack Layton did not know personally, but knew that finding a way to celebrate his funeral was important. “We thought it was the right thing to do,” said Wells, who traveled to Fredericton in Amherst, NS, with her friend Ruth Dunlop to see the state funeral in the Renaissance, the university Saturday afternoon.

“It was a big boy. He just came across as real and positive, and everything he says is true. It would have made a difference. He made a difference.

“I thought it was time to do something else to say it was a shame.”

Lights went out, a candle and a line of Orange Crush soda cans made up a simple decoration for the group of about 15 people gathered at the school to see the live broadcast of the funeral of Layton in a projector screen.

It is estimated about 2,300 people attended the ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, including members of the public who lined up outside the hall early in the morning to be admitted.

For those who could not come to Toronto, but wanted the ceremony to others, cities across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver held view events.

Karlie Hanoski, deputy director of the Organization for New Brunswick New Democratic Party, said the opportunity to bring people together was the reason to organize an event in Fredericton.

“I think the resounding theme heard from today was to come and work together,” he said.

“I think that’s the best way to honor Jack.”

Hanoski, he became involved with the National Development Plan after a friend decided to run in an election, said he was on her way back to New Brunswick after attending the wedding of a friend in Ontario, when he looked at your phone and saw the tweets saying Layton had died.

“I could not believe it,” he said.

“But then I began to see it confirmed by the CBC and the Globe, and all these other news agencies and that was when I was like, ‘Oh. This is really happening.”

She said she knew it would not be able to read his last letter in her office when he arrived.

“I opened the office, but then I said, ‘I’ll wait until I go home so you can read this on my own, as it certainly made me mourn,’” he said.

But while Hanoski said party members have been a disaster throughout the week, she also met a lot of people do not vote National Development Plan which were so upset by the death of Layton – something that the appropriations for the type of person he was.

“He was so hot and it was so striking,” he said.

“I think many people are looking for someone who can engage and connect with politics, or even just politically, but interpersonal”he said.

“We have not had anyone in recent history, recent political memory that bind people and attract people in the way Jack was able to do.”

As Hanoski, Wells said he knows many people who do not vote NDP who were upset because they felt he died too soon.

“But it was a depressing funeral. I expected it to be very, very sad,” said wells.

Dunlop agreed, calling the extraordinary service.

“Funerals should be,” he said.

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