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09/03/2016 16:39 EDT | Updated 09/04/2017 01:12 EDT

A selection of quotes of those paying tribute to CFL legend Norman Kwong

CALGARY — Former Canadian Football League pioneer Norman Kwong, who later served as Alberta's lieutenant governor, died Saturday. Here are some of the tributes to the CFL great.

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"The Honourable Norman Kwong was a person of exceptional character and extraordinary accomplishment, a great Albertan and a great Canadian. We will miss him." — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

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"Throughout his varied life he touched so many people with his humility, intellect, dignity, unforgettable wit and sense of humour. His unique ability to connect at multiple levels with all types of people is something few people possess." — Statement from the Kwong family

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"Former Lt.-Gov. Norman Kwong will long be remembered for the quiet strength, innate kindness and sense of humour that he brought to his duties as Alberta's vice-regal representative and to his lifetime of sterling service and leadership." —  Alberta Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell

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"Rare is the person who holds a place in our record books and our history books and our hearts. Normie Kwong does and always will." — CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge

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"He was a tremendous mentor and leader, a very proud Albertan and a great man who gave so much to so many." — Wally Buono, former Calgary Stampeders coach and current general manager and head coach of the BC Lions

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"Remember him and cherish the privilege we all have in knowing him." — Ken King, President & CEO of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation

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"The Edmonton Eskimos extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all affected by the loss." — Statement from the Edmonton Eskimos