CALGARY, AB (January 26, 2018): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has released the following statement on the passing of Edmonton jazz pianist and former senator Tommy Banks:
“All of us who knew him were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Liberal senator Tommy Banks.
“Tommy Banks was an iconic Edmontonian, Albertan and Canadian who represented the best qualities of our society: kindness, compassion, fairness, generosity, and humour.
“A true renaissance man, Tommy was equally skilled and at ease in the worlds of entertainment, politics, philanthropy, and, of course, music.
“An Alberta Liberal stalwart, he was a passionate advocate, a wise statesman, and a confidant to many. He generously donated his time, talents, and finances to causes close to his heart.
“The constant thread woven through the tapestry of his life was an unbreakable determination to improve the lives of others, which was clearly expressed in his dedication to his craft, to supporting his peers, and helping those in need.
“Tommy was my friend and mentor. I will dearly miss him, his counsel, and his friendship.
“On behalf of all Alberta Liberals, I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to his wife, Ida, his family, and loved ones. May he rest in peace.”