Goodbye Jack – Jack Layton (1950 – 2011)

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Layton this morning. My thoughts are with his wife Olivia, his family, his extended families, and his friends.

Jack Layton’s family has released a letter the federal NDP leader wrote just two days prior to his death today at the age of 61. Here is an excerpt,

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Here are some news from around the web,

* CBC News, “OBITUARY: Jack Layton’s legacy as a fighter

* Toronto Star, “At Layton’s home and office, shared grief and orange flowers

* CBC News, “Layton shaped by years on Toronto council

* CTV News, “Torontonians express sadness at Layton’s passing

* CBC News, “Jack Layton tributes from political peers

* Toronto Sun, “Layton remembered as a fighter

* Canada.com, “Tributes flow for Layton

* CBC News, “After 50 years, Layton took NDP to the summit

* I miss Jack already. Have a laugh in watching and remembering Jack, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes – Remembering Jack Layton

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