Rene Johnston - Staff Photographer
This was a sad year for this photographer.
Jack Layton's passing was especially bad because he had been one of the constant stories at The Star since I started.
He was a city councillor riding his bike and I was a young hack learning how to run cameras.
Then he ran federally for the NDP lead I was there with Linda Diebel.
When he tried to take down the government with Dion and Duceppe I went to Ottawa.
But. most of all, when he walked out on the day he admitted to big time cancer at a downtown hotel just months ago I knew a friend was leaving us.
Rest in Peace Jack,