Globe and Mail says that Cadman knew he had only months to live. Craig Cantin has more as does Section 15. And the Tyee Cartoon.
Update: Story in Surrey Now, July 13, 2005
So long to Surrey's statesman
Every journalist has "the column" to write in their career, and this is probably mine.
I met Chuck Cadman in the basement of Johnston Heights Evangelical Church just minutes after his son's funeral ended. He was cradling Jesse's soccer ball in his arm. Jesse was only 16 when he was stabbed to death by another teen. Read more here.
Chuck Cadman passed away today. He is survived by his wife, Dona, and daughter Jodi. Their son Jesse died at 16. In honour of a honest man and his family.
See the CBC story here.
It is rare that you are elected in Canada as an independent. To do so you really need the support of the people you hope to represent. Mr. Cadman had that support. He was a man of integrity, honesty and a refreshing.
Mr Cadman will laid to rest on July 16, 2005, that also happens to be my birthday. A good man that loved his community and family.
Jack Layton, leader of the NDP had this to say in a statement release on Monday, July 11.
“Chuck Cadman’s political life began following the tragic loss of his son Jesse. He and his wife turned their personal suffering into a public campaign for the rights of victims of crime. Chuck Cadman’s life is a testament to how tragedy can spur work for positive change.
"He will be remembered in his community for his passionate dedication to strengthening our justice system to prevent further tragedies like that endured by his family."
Read the full statement here.
Chuck Cadman's website.
You can contact his Constituency Office
#214 - 10070 King George Highway Surrey, BC V3T 2W4
Tel: (604)-589-0338 Fax: (604)-589-8864
Parliament Hill Office
Rm 754 Confederation Bldg.Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Tel: (613)-992-2922 Fax: (613)-992-0252