"He had the expression of a cherub and the muscle of a stonemason. He could ride from Cochrane to the U.S. border without ever leaving his property.
"He had the three criteria of what makes a great man — he was a risk taker, he was a hard worker and he gave back generously to his community.
"He celebrated his 75th birthday by giving a roast to every single family where the household head was unemployed. Then he gave any single unemployed person a ticket for a meal at any restaurant in the city." Historical recollections about Senator Patrick Burns.