'We love ya': Rock star Bryan Adams thanks B.C. hospital for looking after his mom

NORTH VANCOUVER — Canadian rock star Bryan Adams has publicly thanked the North Shore’s Lions Gate Hospital staff members for taking care of his mother.

Adams, a favourite son of the North Shore, took to Twitter on Feb. 25 to give a heartfelt thanks to the hospital for taking good care of his mom, Jane Clark.

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“Thanks to the incredible staff at @lghfoundation [Lions Gate Hospital] in North Vancouver for taking such good care of my mum Jane,” he wrote on his @bryanadams Twitter account. “So kind thank you. #weloveya.”

Adams, who as a teen lived in Lynn Valley, and released his debut hit single Let Me Take You Dancing in 1979 while he was still kicking it on the North Shore, is known to have a close relationship with his mom, who is in her early 90s and suffered a stroke in May 2018.

Following the stroke, Clark lost the ability to use one of her hands and began using a wheelchair to get around.

Born in the U.K., Clark told the North Shore News in 2019 that she moved to Canada after the Second World War, when she realized “there was nothing left for me in England.”

Endeavouring to “live and see the world,” she left England in her 20s, first landing in London, Ont. After living in Ottawa — and determining it was no place to raise a family — Clark and her family eventually settled in Lynn Valley.

Clark has painted her whole life, at first as a way to express her disdain at what was happening to her country during the violent and turbulent wartimes and then to channel her love and fascination with Canada’s vast wilderness.

After Adams’ career sparked in the ’80s while he was young and wild and free, he moved back to his roots in England in the early ’90s to continue his rock ‘n’ roll life.

The 61-year-old has had a stellar career so far, releasing 14 studio albums, six compilation albums, two soundtrack albums, four live albums, and 69 singles, incuidng Summer of 69, Run to You, Everything I Do (I Do it for You), Heaven, and Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.

While he’s lived in the U.K. for a fair chunk of his career, the North Shore keeps him ‘coming back for more.’ Well, to visit his mom at least.

— With files from Ben Bengtson

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