Louisville politicians and family members react to the death of a beloved community activist and political figure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Louisville politicians and family members reacted Sunday to the death of a beloved and prominent figure in Louisville politics.

Clarence Yancey died over the weekend at the age of 89, according to family members.

Born in 1932, Yancey went to the military and served in the Korean War. He became heavily involved in politics and focused on helping people find jobs and encouraging them to enter politics.

Yancey’s son, Stephen Yancey, said his father wanted to improve the community and help give people a second chance at life.

“Once he committed and gave you his word, he never wavered,” Yancey said. “And he was a man of his word. He once said to me, ‘my son, my word is all I have. And I will always stick to that.

During his lifetime, Yancey was involved in improving the Louisville community. He was president of the West End Democratic Party LD of Louisville for many years, his son said.

Yancey’s son was influenced by his father’s work and involved himself in politics.

“He would go to these politicians, whether it was the mayor or the county clerk or whoever it was, and say, ‘I have to find jobs for these people,’” Yancey said. “And when he helped them, that was his way. He never really asked them for anything, he just wanted to help the community and find jobs for people, and that’s one of the reasons I showed up, I want to help clean up the city and I wanted to find jobs for people.

“I’m just proud to say I’m his son,” Yancey said.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon saying, “I mourn the passing of Clarence Yancey, a unique and incredible citizen and friend to many who energized civic engagement and political participation. for decades. Rest in peace my friend.”

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Democrat Craig Greenberg, candidate for mayor of Louisville, also released a statement following news of Yancey’s death.

“Saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and iconic community leader, Clarence Yancey. Clarence, you will remain an inspiration to me and so many others in public service. Rest in peace,” Greenberg said on Twitter.

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“My heart is heavy after hearing the devastating news of the passing of a local hero,” US Senate candidate and former state representative Charles Booker said in a statement. “Mr. Yancey is a powerful and influential figure in our community. The countless memories and many stories I have of Mr. Yancey will always be remembered and cherished. His love and support are etched in my heart. So much, in fact , I wrote about Mr. Yancey in my book. He was the one who first told me that I could do more than be a staff member. I loved him very much, and neither our city nor this Commonwealth can will ever replace him. We don’t just mourn losses like this, we change. I will definitely never be the same. In his honor, I will do my best to be better and achieve what he stood for. strived – a brighter future for our children and a united community filled with love and respect Mr. Yancey was active in Louisville, always working to improve the quality of life for all of our families in the West End and throughout Kentucky. That he worked in a community garden to make p ousting cultures, advising elected officials through the various councils to which he was appointed, delivering street signs or mentoring young people, including me, Mr. Yancey understood the power of s unite to achieve good things. This news is devastating and heartbreaking. I am honored that Mr. Yancey has always supported me. He motivated me to get involved in politics and he still motivates me to keep fighting for fairness. He will be forever missed. May he rest in peace. »

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