Dan P. Mallory's memorial service was 25 minutes late starting yesterday because mourners kept arriving and signing the book of condolences -- a sign of the respect in which the Bourbon County horseman was held.
About 500 people came to Fasig-Tipton Pavilion on Newtown Pike for what Keeneland Chaplain Michael Powers called a celebration, not a funeral, at the family's request.
Mallory, 55, the manager of Meadow Haven Farm and a regular consignor to Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland sales, was one of 49 people killed in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 near Blue Grass Airport on Aug. 27. He was headed to Texas for horse sales.
From several speakers yesterday, a clear, consistent portrait emerged: Mallory was a model horse farm manager with a demanding work ethic, love for family and friends, and a spirit of hope, generosity and kindness that touched all who knew him.
"Dan Mallory was as true and very loyal friend as one could wish for," said Dr. David O'Neal, a veterinarian.
Gus Koch, manager of Claiborne Farm, called Mallory a "humble, honest and skilled horseman who was respected throughout the horse community."
Before the benediction, Powers told mourners that "all of us are still trying in our individual ways to put all this, the tragedy, together. We may not get the answer. But we know we are not alone."
There was no coffin at the service. A private burial will be today in Georgetown Cemetery.