Public gathering is set to honor Gatewood Galbraith

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comJanuary 7, 2012 

A public gathering has been scheduled to celebrate the life of Gatewood Galbraith, the iconic Kentucky politician who died Wednesday.

Galbraith, 64, died at home in his sleep after developing pneumonia that was complicated by chronic emphysema.

The public gathering will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street in Lexington.

The gathering is for "people who would like to have an opportunity to offer their respects and celebrate his life," said Galbraith's ex-wife Susan Sears. "It will be a tribute," Sears said.

Galbraith died two months after running his fifth campaign for governor.

He was a perennial candidate who attracted supporters with his bold stances.

Galbraith worked independently as a criminal defense attorney. He is survived by three adult daughters.

A visitation, limited to family and close friends, will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel — The Campbell House in Lexington. It will be held in the Colonial Ballroom at the South Broadway hotel.

Reach Valarie Honeycutt Spears at (859) 231-3409 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3409.

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