Former Columbia councilman, mayoral candidate Jerry Wade dies

Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 4:27 p.m. CDT; updated 4:47 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 28, 2014

*CORRECTION: an earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the number of years Mr. Wade served on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission. He was chairman of the commission for nine years.

COLUMBIA — Former Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade died Saturday of lung cancer, his wife, Edge Wade, said. He was 73.

Wade had a long history of service to the City of Columbia. He served 15 years* on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission, becoming chair of the committee in 2001.

He held that position until 2007, when he became Fourth Ward Councilman

During his time as councilman, Wade helped the city and Boone County Fire Protection District reach a territorial agreement to share jurisdiction of areas at the city's edge. He also helped pass a private sewer ordinance that allowed homeowners with private sewers to no longer share repair costs with the city.

He left his council seat in 2010, to run for mayor — a race in which he finished as runner-up to current Mayor Bob McDavid.

Wade also had strong ties to MU. He worked as a community development specialist with MU Extension until 2000, and he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, a master's degree in community development and a doctorate in rural sociology from MU.

Wade died in his home. He is survived by his wife, Edge Wade; daughter, Kimberly Wade; son-in-law, David Bones; grandchildren, Sophia and Elliot Bones, all of Columbia; and brother, James M. Wade of Las Vegas.

A celebration of Wade's life was held Saturday at the House of Chow. No further services will be held.

 Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski.

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