October 20th, 2020

Jack Ady funeral service Saturday in Cardston

By Mabell, Dave on November 29, 2019.


A funeral service will be held Saturday in Cardston for a longtime health-care advocate and member of the Alberta legislature.

Jack Ady was elected MLA for Cardston in 1986 and re-elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the next two terms. In 1992, Premier Ralph Klein named him Minister of Advanced Education and Career Development.

He died Tuesday at 87 years of age.

After retiring from elected office, Ady was appointed chair of the Chinook Health Region’s board of directors in 2000. When the provincial government dissolved regional boards, he was named to the “super board” which held public meetings in Lethbridge and cities across Alberta.

Later, the enhanced cancer treatment facility at Chinook Regional Hospital was named in his honour.

Ady was raised in the Whiskey Gap and Tayorville area east of Cardston but his career in the oil service industry took him to Drayton Valley. He later lived in Calgary, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

After retiring to a mixed farm near Hillspring, Ady filled many roles with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including service at the Cardston Temple.

The funeral will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. at the Cardston Stake Centre. He is survived by his wife Darlene, one daughter and four sons.

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