Edwin "Ed" Green Lane III died Sunday night as he lived — on his own terms, without fanfare.
Mr. Lane had maintained privacy about his battle with cancer over the past two years, continuing work on the council and in his business until very shortly before his death.
He died with his two daughters at his side. His death was announced Monday on the website of The Lane Report, a business magazine he founded and published. He was also a longtime commercial real estate broker.
Mr. Lane, who represented the 12th district on the Urban County Council since 2004, was a distinct, thoughtful, independent voice during his long tenure.
A businessman to his core, he often ran the numbers on proposed projects at council meetings, calculating prices relative to market rates as well as maintenance costs. He often looked beyond the current budget to raise questions about the long-term fiscal impact of a decision.
Mr. Lane's service, though, went well beyond being quick with a calculator. Representing the district that contains the largest portion of Fayette County's rural area, he was a strong, consistent supporter of the Purchase of Development Rights program to preserve rural land.
Mr. Lane also brought a level-headed good humor to some thorny issues.
This was in evidence last year when council members balked at supporting a loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 21c Museum Hotel downtown, some of them decrying the nude images in other 21c properties.
Mr. Lane, drawing on his real-estate knowledge, said first that the layout of the 1914 First National Building, which 21c is now rehabbing, didn't suit moderm office design but would work as a hotel. He then went on to note that many of the greatest works of art are nude figures. Saying he'd "Googled up" during the discussion on his smartphone, Mr. Lane cited some of them and concluded, "I think you have to be open minded on the art issue."
The community is richer for his unfailing good humor, sound judgment and excellent service.