LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A day after his death at age 66, fellow Metro Council members and council staff remembered the life of Sixth District Councilman George Unseld.
Unseld died on the night of June 10 after he collapsed in his office before a Metro Council meeting. Those who worked with the community leader described him as a "gentle giant" and say his size matched his commitment to Louisville Metro.
"He loved Louisville. He loved this community. He loved District 6 and he served it well," said Councilwoman Judith Green (D-District 1).
Green said Unseld, whom she met almost 30 years ago, had a knowledge of the community that was far-reaching.
"I was just starting to have children to enter the public school system. I just happened to run into this huge man and it turned out to be George Unseld. I just have been a big fan of his forever," Green said. "He had a knowledge of every part of this community from Newburg to West Louisville, to East Louisville and that's going to be hard to replace."
Unseld served as an Alderman beginning in 1999, followed by beign a founding member of the Metro Council after the merger of city and county government.
"Just a quality, quality human who loved his work," said Kevin Triplett, Metro Council legislative assistant. "He was a leader with the young people. He loved his community and he loved public service."
Ray Manley is a legislative assistant who met Unseld more than ten years ago and called him a close friend.
"I first met him when he was elected as Alderman. I'm a legislative assistant. He was an elected official, but he was a nice person, he was just genuine, he wanted to listen and he wanted to make the right decisions," Manley said. "Someone who was very in touch with the people."