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Former New Westminster alderman Wes Janzen passes away

Former New Westminster alderman Wes Janzen passed away Sunday morning at the age of 91. Janzen, who lived in the Moody Park area, was also a teacher and volunteer who gave back to his community.

Former New Westminster alderman Wes Janzen passed away Sunday morning at the age of 91.

Janzen, who lived in the Moody Park area, was also a teacher and volunteer who gave back to his community.

Son James, currently the chair of the New Westminster board of education, remembers his father fondly.

"He was a terrific role model, a great educator in both his personal and professional life," said James. "He was a pillar of his community and in his church and in every aspect of his life."

James said his interest in education and politics came from his parents - James' mother was also a teacher - and he has many favourite memories of his dad.

"Because he was a teacher, we would do a lot of projects around the house in the summer," James said of their family home on Eighth Avenue. "I remember doing things with him, chatting and just having a great time with my dad."

Wes Janzen was also well-known in the community for being the first person in the city to get his NDP sign erected on his lawn when an election writ was dropped.

The family is still finalizing details on a service for Wes Janzen.

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