Former Edmonton mayor Ivor Dent, a city politician who helped bring in the Commonwealth Games and LRT services to Alberta’s capital city, died Sunday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 85.

“He was a great friend, a great mentor, and a great mayor that I served under,” said longtime city councillor Ron Hayter.

“He was very progressive and had a vision for the future that helped this city move along.”

Dent was born in Prince Albert, Sask., in 1924, and he later moved to Edmonton with his wife to pursue a Master of Administration degree from the University of Alberta.

After unsuccessfully trying to run for office at city hall and the Alberta legislature since the mid-1950s, Dent was elected as city alderman in 1964.

Dent was also successful in running for mayor in 1968, but lost in the 1974 election to former mayor William Hawrelak.