Stan had successfully survived a fight with prostate cancer in 2004.
Jan. 20, 2009
Office of the Premier
PREMIER’S STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF STAN HAGEN
VICTORIA – Premier Gordon Campbell released the following statement today after learning of the sudden passing of Agriculture and Lands Minister and Comox Valley MLA Stan Hagen:
“The province has suffered a great loss with the passing of my friend and colleague, Stan Hagen. He was a man who gave of himself to public life from 1986 until today. He loved British Columbia and the people who live here. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and all his children as they mourn the passing of their father.
“Stan served as minister of 10 different ministries in governments from 1986 to 2009. No one in Canadian public life can match that. Whether as Minister of Advanced Education or Agriculture and Lands, Stan’s record was one of exemplary service. He worked with people in a way that encouraged them to do their best as he worked on their behalf.
“His passing reminds us all of the suddenness of life and of the time we take away from our families to serve. It reminds us of the importance of friendship and inner strength, two characteristics that defined the man.
“All British Columbians have suffered a loss today. Our gratitude goes to Stan’s family for sharing him with all of us. He embodied the spirit of ‘the Honourable Member of the Legislature’. He will be sorely missed.”
It is with great sadness that I learned tonight of the passing of the MLA for Comox Valley, Stan Hagen.
Over decades of service, Stan made an enormous contribution to public life and to the well being of his community. He will be greatly missed by all legislators and those he served in the Comox Valley. Since his election in 1986 Stan served as a minister of 10 different ministries, and his accomplishments leave a lasting legacy for all British Columbians.
On behalf the New Democratic Caucus and Party, I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and to everyone he touched in a life of service and commitment to our province.
Leader of the BC NDP