Long-serving Regina councillor Terry Hincks has passed away after battling cancer for a number of years.
Hincks has represented Ward 9 since 2003.
Born and raised in Regina, Hincks was an active member of his community and sport.
He played junior football for the Regina Rams and tried out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He coached minor and high school football for 20 years and was also a coach for minor hockey and baseball. Recently, he was the offensive line coach at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox.
Well-known for his charitable endeavors, Hincks often fund-raised for Cystic Fibrosis and Easter Seals.
Professionally, Hincks was a realtor with Century 21 and consistently won the Centurion Award.
In 2013, he spoke publicly about his fight with alcohol addiction and his decision to enter a rehab facility in Vancouver. He worked with programs helping teens to overcome similar struggles.
His cancer treatment was first revealed in the same year. At a council meeting that summer he thanked his colleagues for their support and alluded to the surgery he had undergone just three weeks prior.
“My treatment was successful,” he said, sniffling through a brief statement delivered in a familiar, strong timbre. “I don’t know if I’m going to have any further (treatments yet). I’m kind of back here three weeks earlier than I should be but I planned to transition my way back because I can’t sit at home and watch you guys have all the fun here.”
Despite serving on council for nearly a decade, Hincks insisted the situation showed him how kind and compassionate people in Regina can be.
“I was overwhelmed by the amount of support and calls I got, and the whole thing. This is a very caring community and I really found that out going through all this.”
In a written statement, his family said that Hincks passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday night at Pasqua Hospital. The family is requesting privacy during this time.
The city said his name will remain on the ballot for Ward 9 in the Oct. 26 election.