Tears in Airdrie Friday as the community remembered the retired RCMP officer who died in a Kelowna plane crash.
62-year-old Jim Kruk was the pilot of the plane that also carried former Premier Jim Prentice.
At Kruk’s memorial, Blair Mason told mourners it was an honour to work with Kruk in the Cadets program.
“I learned many lessons working with Jim, and I’d have to say the biggest one I learned, was to never be afraid to admit you were wrong. And that it’s not a sign of weakness, but a sign of great strength.”
Mason said he spent many weekends around the Kruk family dinner table, planning for the week ahead. That’s where he saw first-hand just how welcoming the family was.
“Jim always made sure people felt welcome, and always had a joke or two up his sleeve.” Mason said. “His jokes could range anywhere from a bad dad joke to a relatively crude joke, and even the occasional practical joke.”
Besides the former Premier, Calgary optometrist Dr. Ken Gellatly and businessman Sheldon Reid also perished in the crash.
A state funeral for Jim Prentice is planned for Friday, October 28th. (ms, News Talk 770, with files from Global News)