ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A public viewing service was held Friday for Assemblyman David Gantt, who died last week.
Family of Gantt invited the public to a service at Church of Love Faith Center at 700 Exchange Boulevard on Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be a private ceremony for family and close friends at Church of Love Faith Center on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order regarding gathering capacity during the pandemic, Saturday’s service will be streamed on Facebook Live. Family members say church capacity is reduced to half its legally occupiable space and are asking that only family and friends attend the Saturday service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for community members to send a donation to one of three different scholarship funds that Gantt setup in honor of his mother, Lena Mae Gantt, at Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, or Monroe Community College. Donations can be sent to:
Assemblyman Gantt attended Franklin High School, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology before he began working as a youth counselor for the City of Rochester.
Gantt, one of Rochester’s long time civil rights pioneers, became Monroe County’s first African American elected to State Office. Before his assembly election, he served nine years in the Monroe County legislature.
Assemblyman Gantt began his first term in the New York State Assembly in 1983.
Earlier this year Gantt announced he would not be seeking re-election for the 137th district.
Statement from Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren:
“Assemblyman David Gantt was a father to me. He loved me unconditionally and inspired me to be who I am today. He saw something deep within me and did everything he could to help me, and countless others, achieve their dreams.
David will leave a lasting legacy in this community because he always stood up for what was right and for the people he represented. For decades, he worked and served tirelessly to lift up our City and all of its people. He also believed in me when few did. He inspired me, took care of me when I was sick, guided me as built my career and my family. And, he will always be part of my family. He has not only lifted me up, but countless people throughout our community.
I am proud of him for all that he did to lift as he climbed. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. I will always remember his undying love for the Rochester community. He fought a good fight, finished his race and now he has gone home to be with the Lord. I will do all that I can to live up to the expectations he had for me. He was not just a father to me, but also my political mentor. I will forever miss him, and on behalf of the City of Rochester, I extend my deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace with the Lord.”