Longtime central Alberta politician Judy Gordon has passed away. Photo courtesy of the City of Lacombe

Longtime central Alberta politician Judy Gordon has passed away. Photo courtesy of the City of Lacombe

Former Lacombe Mayor Judy Gordon passes away

Gordon also served as MLA for Lacombe-Stettler before retiring from politics in 2010

The City of Lacombe is remembering Judy Gordon who served as a politician in central Alberta for over 20 years. It was announced on Dec. 3 the longtime public servant had passed away.

Gordon served as mayor from 1989 to 1993 and was quoted in the Lacombe Globe during her first election campaign as saying, “I want to be the Mayor of Lacombe. I believe I have the time, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to lead the town into the ‘90s.”

In 1993, she was elected as the MLA for the Lacombe-Stettler district, which has since been reclassified to Lacombe-Ponoka. She was once again elected in 1997 winning with an even wider victory margin than in 1993.

It was in 2001 that she was reelected to the legislature after a landslide campaign and ended up working until 2004 when she retired from provincial politics.

However, she wasn’t done serving the citizen of central Alberta because in 2005 she once again ran for city council and was elected to the mayor’s seat.

She went on to serve her third term as Mayor of Lacombe before officially retiring both provincial and municipal politics in 2010.

Member of Parliament for Lacombe-Red Deer, Blaine Calkins remembered his friend and former colleague in Thursday’s House of Commons question period.

He spoke about her tough but fair approach to politics and said he was grateful for her counsel and friendship.

“Judy loved the small victories and the opportunity to be a champion and get results for the people she represented,” said Calkins.

Calkins also shared a message from Gordon’s son that stated his mother wasn’t concerned with her title or role in politics but that she simply wanted to serve and help the people of Central Alberta.

“She was very proud of the work she did,” said Calkins.

On Thursday, current Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey announced that he was “saddened” to hear of Gordon’s passing.

“I always admired her can-do approach to municipal politics and appreciated her insight,” said Creasey.

It was during Gordon’s final term as mayor in 2010 that the former Town of Lacombe became Alberta’s 17th city.

“Lacombe continues to be a shining example of success due to her work as mayor. I know I speak on behalf of council and the City of Lacombe when I say she will be dearly missed,” said Creasey.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Blotter bug
Alberta RCMP highlights reasons not to call 911 for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

‘Can you bring me a hamburger? I am hungry and cannot drive!’

Supporters gather outside GraceLife Church near Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The church has been fenced off by police and Alberta Health Services in violation of COVID-19 rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Hundreds gather to support Alberta church shut down for ignoring COVID-19 orders

GraceLife Church and its pastor, are charged for holding services that break health restrictions

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta identifies 1,183 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

50.5% of all active cases are variants of concern

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Top Tory leaders of past and present will speak with supporters today about what a conservative economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
O’Toole to vote against Conservative MP’s private bill on ‘sex-selective abortion’

Erin O’Toole said he supports a woman’s right to choose and will personally vote against the private member’s bill

Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship in the world. Photo provided and colourized by Jiri Ferdinand.
QUIZ: How much do you know about the world’s most famous shipwreck?

Titanic sank 109 years ago today, after hitting an iceberg

A health-care worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
PHAC receives first report of blood clot linked to AstraZeneca

The federal agency says the person is now recovering at home

A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
1 in 3 young Canadians have given up on owning a home: poll

Data released Monday says 36% of adults younger than 40 have given up on home ownership entirely

Dr. E. Kwok administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Most Canadians plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, but safety fears drive hesitancy: poll

This comes as confidence in governments is plummeting in provinces being hit hardest by the pandemic

Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox is shown in a 1981. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/CP)
Terry Fox’s legacy of resilience resonates during COVID-19 crisis, says brother

Fred Fox said his brother’s legacy of resilience has taken on renewed resonance as COVID-19 rages on

Madelyn Boyko poses along with a number of the bath bombs she makes with her mom, Jessica Boyko. Madelyn says she enjoys making the bath bombs with her mom as it is a special time for just the two of them. (Photo Submitted)
5-year-old Sylvan Lake girl selling bath bombs in support of younger brother

Madelyn Boyko is selling bath bombs for CdLS research in honour of her younger brother

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is raising its estimate for the number of businesses that are considering the possibility of closing permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Small business struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic looks for aid in Liberals’ budget

President Dan Kelly said it is crucial to maintain programs to help businesses to the other side of the pandemic

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians says that includes attempts to steal Canadian research on COVID-19 and vaccines, and sow misinformation. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Intelligence committee warns China, Russia targeting Canadian COVID-19 research

Committee also found that the terrorist threat to Canada has shifted since its last such assessment

Most Read