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Metro Newsroom

The Louisville Metro Council remembers George Unseld

Tuesday June 15, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
                Stephen Haag 574-1204/ 645-1752

Members of the Louisville Metro Council share their thoughts and remembrances of Councilman George Unseld.

“George Unseld was not only a giant in physical stature, but he also was a giant in educational, political, and social pursuits within the community. His life has touched many people--especially young people, throughout Metro Louisville his entire life. He loved Louisville and he loved people. His presence among us will be sorely missed.” Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1)

“Newburg always had a friend in George Unseld. He will long be remembered in the community where he grew up. He was my friend and colleague. More importantly, George was a mentor to me. I relied on his knowledge, judgment and to know how to do the right thing when it came to serving the people of Metro Louisville.” Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2)

“Councilman George Unseld was like a big teddy bear with a heart of gold. He was a great councilman for his district. I met the Councilman when his was an Alderman and I was an aide. He always treated me with dignity and respect. We have continued this relationship as colleagues on the Metro Council. I will indeed miss him.” Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3)

“George could always be counted on to stand on the side of fairness, justice and equality on any issue. He was a patient listener to all sides of a debate and could often help defuse an often contentious discussion with his straightforward opinions, humor or insight based on his many life experiences. His was often the voice of reason, and the last word that was spoken to help cut to the bottom line and/or reach consensus across party lines. George was devoted to his family and this entire community. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and all the staff of the Council staff where he was well respected and admired.” Councilwoman Cheri Bryan Hamilton (D-5)

“George was a quiet Lion of a man who did good with tenacity, focus, and courage. The Louisville Metro Council is diminished by his passing” Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) Metro Council President

“It seems everyone has a story how George Unseld impacted their life or the life of their community. In the Fall of 1998 voters overwhelmingly sent George Unseld, Bill Allison and me to serve on the Board of Alderman because they knew we could make a difference. On January 26, 1999, just twenty–six days into our term, I was honored that George Unseld joined me and others to pass the Fairness Ordinance. That’s my story about how George Unseld affected my life and my community. I thank him for his service.” Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9)

"George Unseld was a good man, a good father and grandfather and a committed public servant. He was my close friend and my only regret is that our friendship began so late in both of our lives." Councilman Jim King (D-10)

Given his life experience he was a man that commanded respect. His dedication to public service is to be admired and greatly appreciated. He loved this city, and we will greatly miss him.” Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11)

George didn't feel the need to voice his view on every issue that came before the council but he was a firm voice on issues that he thought important. He had a wisdom in his focus.” Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12)

“George Unseld was a good man and we as a community are fortunate that he was able to use his quiet nature to help others. We will not see another like him but we can only hope that his influence and actions will be inspirational to others.”

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13)

“We could always count on George to be the voice of reason. His practical common sense, matter of fact delivery and dry sense of humor will be missed.” Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15)

“George Unseld has been a friend for many years, dating back before metro government. George always had the best interests of others first on his list, sometimes ahead of his own wishes.” Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16)

“I admired George’s ability to bring unity to the Council during times of partisan conflict. We all respected his wisdom and stature, he will be sorely missed.” Councilman Glen Stuckel (R-17)

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my colleague, Councilman George Unseld. He was a dedicated member of the council who passed on too soon. I pray for his family to be strong. This Council and this community is better because of George Unseld’s service.” Councilman Jon Ackerson (R-18)

“I have enjoyed serving with George for the past 7 1/2 years, especially the one-on-one chats in his office discussing policy and life in Louisville. George was a generous man who would help others without recognition, for the sheer joy of helping a fellow citizen. George will be sadly missed.” Councilman Hal Heiner (R-19)

“George believed in the Lord and believed that we should work through Him, and he will be greatly missed” Councilman Stuart Benson (R-20)

“Every community should be as fortunate as we have been to have someone like George Unseld who can quietly get things done. Someone who listens acts and knows the benefit of helping those in need.” Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21)

“George was dedicated to the people of his district and all of Metro Louisville. He could always look beyond the problems of the day to see what kinds of solutions could be achieved. His door was always open to anyone who wanted to chat or ask for advice. He was the kind of public servant we all strive to be, humble caring and devoted to the people he represented.” Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) Majority Leader.

“I will miss my friend and colleague who gave so much of himself to this city,” Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-25)

The Metro Council