VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement Wednesday on the passing of The Honourable Garde Basil Gardom, the 26th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
“Garde Gardom led a life all British Columbians can be proud of and want to aspire to. He embraced life, challenges and opportunity with equal gusto.
“As an MLA, cabinet minister, British Columbia’s agent in London or the Queen’s representative in British Columbia, Garde possessed a unique gift: the ability to draw people to him because they understood his dedication to public service was based on a true love of making life better for those he served.
“His CounterAttack against Drinking and Driving initiative saved countless lives throughout B.C.
“An iconoclast, Garde was an inspiration to a generation of those serving the public. His irreverent spirit ensured British Columbians never felt isolated, but rather an integral part of the process.
“His legacy to all who follow in his footsteps is simple: always enjoy the job of serving the public, because it’s a privilege, and you can make a difference.
“For 45 years, his family shared Garde with us and British Columbia is a richer place because of that. We remain in their debt. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
For those wishing to sign a condolence book, you can do so online at www.protocol.gov.bc.ca