After a lengthy battle with cancer, long-time city councillor Terry Hincks has died.
He represented Regina’s Ward 9 since 2003, and was trying for a fifth run in the upcoming civic election.
An active member of the local sports community, Hincks was well-known for his achievements as offensive line coach at Notre Dame College. He played junior football for the Regina Rams, tried out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, coached minor and high school football for 20 years as well as minor hockey and baseball.
Mayor Michael Fougere says one of his favourite memories of Hincks on council was his excitement over the unveiling of the new Mosaic stadium.
“(Hincks) was so happy and just incredibly smiling — he was so happy that the stadium was going forward,” remembered Fougere. “(Hincks) said, ‘I want to be here for when the stadium opens — I want to make it until the stadium opens.'”
The city says Hincks’ name will remain on the ballot for Ward 9 in the Oct. 26 election, meaning Hincks may still have another shot at winning his ward.
“It’s up to the voters — they can choose. They now know that he passed away,” said Fougere. “Under the act, his name stands on the ballot, and people can do what they want — council has no say in that.”
In the case that Hincks wins Ward 9, the runner up will be elected councillor.
Regardless of what happens at the ballot boxes, Hincks will be remembered fondly on city council for his strength and passion for the greater good.
“(Hincks) had a passion and commitment to our city that really is second-to-none — it was really unparallel,” said Fougere. “His heart was as big as Regina.”
A service will be held for Hincks at the Brandt Centre on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.