November 1, 1942 – March 29, 2013
Ralph Klein, beloved husband of Colleen Klein of Calgary, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013 at the age of 70 years.
Ralph was born in Calgary to Phillip Andrew Klein and Florence Harper. Ralph grew up in a working class part of Calgary. He joined the RCAF reserves, completing high school later in life, he attended Calgary Business College, and later served as president of that institution. Ralph later studied at Athabasca University. He was public relations official at Red Cross and United Way’s offices in Calgary from 1963 to 1969. From 1969 to 1980 he was a television reporter. Klein rose to public prominence in Calgary as a radio and television personality. He was the Senior Civic Affairs reporter with CFCN-TV and CFCN radio. Klein gained his first political experience when he was elected mayor of Calgary, Alberta, on October 15, 1980. While he was mayor, the city was enjoying an economic boom, attracting many unskilled labourers from all over the country. Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics during his tenure as mayor. Ralph Klein was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on December 5, 1992, and became the Premier of Alberta on December 14, 1992, and he was re-elected in 1997, this time with 51% of the popular vote and winning 63 of the 83 seats in the legislature. He got his highest amount of support ever in the 2001 election, winning 62% of the popular vote and 74 of the 83 seats.
Ralph holds the Order of La Pléiade from the Assembly of La Francophonie, and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005, He was made an Officer of the Legion of Honour by France in 2008 and was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2010, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Calgary in 2011and most recently, The Order Of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Besides his loving wife Colleen, Ralph will be lovingly remembered by his children Teresa, Bradley, Angela, Christine, and Lisa, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren, his father Phil Klein, brother Lynn (Sharon) Klein. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Ralph Klein, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences