Long-time Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson, who championed the growth of sports and recreation in the city, has died at 78.
Anderson, a former Edmonton high school teacher and sports coach, served on city council for 19 years before his retirement in 2017. He won six consecutive elections between 1998 and 2013 as the councillor for Ward 5 and then Ward 9 in the city’s southwest.
Mayor Don Iveson, who served as a Ward 5 councillor with Anderson when he was first elected in 2007, announced Anderson’s passing in a news release Friday afternoon.
“Having co-represented southwest Edmonton with Bryan, I saw firsthand his dedication and commitment to the residents of Ward 5 following a storied career as a teacher and coach,” Iveson said in a statement. “Bryan’s fervent belief in community and great sense of belonging will be greatly missed. In subsequent years, he led city council’s sport and recreation initiative and went on to champion varsity athletics, recreation and international-calibre sporting infrastructure.”