04/05/2013 02:29 EDT | Updated 04/05/2013 05:18 EDT

Ralph Klein Day: Naheed Nenshi Declares April 5 As Day To Remember Former Premier

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi announced that April 5 will be Ralph Klein Day, moments before Klein's memorial ceremony began in Calgary.

On the steps of the Municipal Plaza, Nenshi presented a Calgary flag to Klein's wife, Colleen, and family, in a brief ceremony.

“The outpouring of affection we see today is tangible evidence of the legacy that Ralph Klein leaves behind him, as Mayor, as Premier and as a Calgarian,” said Nenshi.

“On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Calgary, it is my privilege to declare today ‘Ralph Klein Day’,” he said, speaking of Klein's time as mayor from 1980 to 1989..

Civic politics launched Klein's political career and he proudly presided over the Winter Olympics in 1988.

He passed away on March 29, 2013 in Calgary, at the age of 70.

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