Hundreds Pay Tribute To Unseld

by Gabe Bullard on June 15, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

Family and friends gathered at St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville Tuesday morning to remember Metro Councilman George Unseld.

Unseld died on Thursday as he was preparing for a Metro Council meeting. Council President Tom Owen told mourners the group is at a loss without Unseld representing the 6th District.

“Very little good was done at the Metro Council without first touching base with George,” said Owen. “He was in the game to the very end. He sought no advantage, but was righteously indignant if the playing field was not level for all.”

Other speakers noted Unseld’s work as an educator and advocate for children.

Wes Unseld said his brother George’s public service was inspired by their father.

“He always tried to impart in us at least three things: be a man and learn how to take care of yourself; and after you do that, learn how to take care of your family; and then, the third, learn how to take care of your community,” he said, adding later that Unseld did not seek rewards for his efforts.

“Some of us, I put myself included, we believe in helping people if it gets headlines or something, but he really cared about…I’m going to say you,” he said. “He really did.”

Unseld was 66 and was interred at Calvary Cemetery in Louisville.

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