Clapping and laughter usually have no place at a memorial service, but a celebration of his life is exactly what late Regina councillor Terry Hincks wanted.
In fact, he felt so strongly about it he made a list for his brother-in-law, Neil Cromarty, to follow in the event of his passing.
“The number one thing that Terry had on that list is ‘I don’t want no crying. Nobody cries,’” Cromarty explained as he delivered the eulogy.
Hundreds of people turned up to the Brandt Centre Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to Hincks, who died last week at the age of 64.
Cromarty told those in attendance Hincks wanted them to feel like they gained something, not lost something.
Musician Jack Semple performed his rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine as family, friends, politicians, police officers, firefighters and members of various sporting organizations gazed upon a video screen flashing pictures of Hincks throughout his life.
Two #62 jerseys encased in glass were displayed, as was a picture of the long-time councillor. A portrait of a younger Hincks in his football days was also set up.
It didn’t take long for someone to break Terry’s no crying rule. That someone was former mayor, Pat Fiacco.
“He was one of the most caring, thoughtful people I know. He just loved everything about Regina,” he said, joking he lasted about six minutes before tearing up.
Hincks was remembered as someone with an incredibly deep passion for football and sport in general, with a particular soft spot for the Regina Rams and Regina Red Sox.
“Terry was a good guy. He was dealt with some crappy cards as a young person, but he found his way. Sport was something that provided him with an outlet for his boundless energy,” said friend and former Rams teammate Frank McCrystal.
Hincks was described as someone who cared deeply about lending a hand to children and youth who had little support in their lives, especially those kids in the inner city.
Friends also joked about his appearance, at Hincks request.
“He said ‘make sure they make fun of my big nose,’” smiled Cromarty.
“[He had a] huge honkin’ nose on him,” echoed Fiacco.
The former mayor wrapped up his tribute to his old council colleague by indicating Hincks may be gone, but the city he helped shape and those in it will make sure his memory lives on.
“Terry, we appreciate your friendship. We’ll never forget you. Love you Terry.”