The Olympic Cauldron will reignite in Vancouver on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in memory of Jack Poole, former chair of the VANOC bid committee.

He died a year ago Saturday of pancreatic cancer.

“Quite frankly, I don’t think we would have secured the Olympic Games for Vancouver if it hadn’t been for Jack’s leadership,” said David Podmore, Poole’s close friend and chair of B.C. Pavilion Corporation.

Premier Gordon Campbell, Podmore, and Darlene Poole will light the cauldron and unveil a commemorative plaque in a short ceremony in Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour.

The Cauldron will burn until midnight on Saturday night.