Friends and family gathered Saturday to remember 12th District Councilman Ed Lane, known not only for his business acumen but for his enthusiasm and sunny outlook on life.
Lane, 73, died Aug. 2 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Copies of the August issue of The Lane Report, the business magazine Lane founded, were scattered throughout the Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, where the memorial service was held.
Katherine Meredith Lane said her father chose the cover, featuring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the same weekend he died.
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"Most people didn't even know that he was truly sick," she told those gathered.
That was the way Lane wanted it.
"He wanted to squeeze every last drop out of life," she said.
Mark Green, editorial director of Lane Communications Group, said that while Lane did not ignore problems, he had an optimistic outlook that was reflected in his magazines.
"Here are best practices. Here are some success stories. Here's how you can pursue your own success," Green said.
He said Lane was an excellent salesman, a Republican and fiscal conservative, a man who understood numbers and could explain what they meant.
Lane also relished his role as a member of the Urban County Council, a position he had held since 2005.
Sometimes, glancing at his caller ID, Green said, Lane "would nearly levitate out of the chair as he told me with a big smile, 'The mayor's calling me!'"
Regina Stivers, field representative for Sen. Mitch McConnell and wife of Senate President Robert Stivers, read a letter of sympathy from McConnell and a portion of the Congressional Record eulogizing Lane.
She told Lane's daughters, Katherine Meredith and Susan Brett Lane, that he always spoke of them with a big grin.
"He loved you both so dearly, and he made sure everyone knew it," she said.
Many recalled Lane's knack for corny puns, his skill in the kitchen and how he enjoyed trying new restaurants.
The service included an a cappella performance by UK Opera Theatre director Everett McCorvey.
"Ed and I were great friends, and he loved the arts," McCorvey said.
He said he chose to sing His Eye Is on the Sparrow because every time he and Lane were together, "it was a joyful time."
Mayor Jim Gray is in the process of choosing a new representative for the 12th District. The appointee will fill out the remainder of Lane's term, which expires in December 2016.