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08/22/2014 05:38 EDT | Updated 08/22/2014 06:59 EDT

11 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Jack Layton

His great-great-uncle, William Henry Steeves, was a father of Canadian Confederation.

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He married his first wife, Sally Halford, at age 19. They were high school sweethearts.

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He was a competitive swimmer and earned a spot on McGill's swim and water polo teams.

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Layton was a former card-carrying Liberal Party member.

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But in 1970 he jumped ship, pulled by Tommy Douglas’ stance on the War Measures Act during the October Crisis.

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He taught at all three of Toronto’s major universities: Ryerson, York, and U of T.

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He was a proud Trekkie and once had a Star Trek uniform tailor-made for him.

It was "very form fitting," said his wife Olivia Chow in 2009. (Source)

Two gay Unitarian Church ministers officiated his second wedding to Chow in 1988.

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Their tandem bike was a wedding present.

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In 2006, Layton was responsible for what may be Harper's cheekiest comeback.

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The man was a dim sum addict.

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He was a regular at Toronto’s Pearl Court Restaurant in East Chinatown. When he died in 2011, the owner placed a book of condolences outside its doors.

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