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Tom Foley Memorial: 'I Should Have Known That This Ordinary Man Was Destined For Extraordinary Things'

Hundreds filled St. Al's on the Gonzaga campus on Friday to remember the former Speaker of the House Tom Foley. Foley died two weeks ago at the age of 84. Washington political leaders on both sides of the aisle filled the church as they remembered a man known for intelligence, humor and his ability to bring two sides together. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Spokane Mayor David Condon were among those in attendance.

"America has seldom been graced with a leader with such compassion for his people and such unstinting commitment to a civil constitutional democracy," Governor Jay Inslee said. "I don't think you can point to another leader that we have been blessed with in our history that combines such a strong heart for his people with such a strong backbone for constitutional democracy."

A handful of friends and family spoke at the service, but the final speaker was Foley's wife, Heather.

"I should have known that this ordinary man was destined for extraordinary things," Heather Foley said. "What a journey. How lucky I was to be able to see him and help him along the way."

Foley grew up in Spokane, graduated from Gonzaga and was elected for 30 years to the United States House of Representatives. He reached the height of his career when he was elected as Speaker of the House, but Foley always said that the greatest accomplishment of his life was being elected for three decades to represent the people of Eastern Washington.

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