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Hundreds Bid Farwell To Former Mayor Bob Lanier

Family and friends gathered today to honor and say goodbye to former Houston mayor Bob Lanier. His funeral attracted politicians and business leaders, and people who wanted to show their appreciation for what he did for Houston.


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The service took place at the Jasek Chapel of the Geo. H. Lewis & Sons funeral home. Burial took place at the Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

The service included a who’s who of dignitaries that at the George Lewis and Sons Funeral Home in southwest Houston, like current Mayor Annise Parker, and former mayors Bill White and Lee Brown.

“Lanier was not only an adviser to me when I served as mayor, he was also a good friend,” says Brown. “We’d meet at least once a month at his house over at his house, and we’d discuss the issues in the city. I think he’ll always be remembered for his ‘Neighborhoods to Standards’ where he worked hard to address the issues in historically underserved neighborhoods.”

Houston’s crime victim’s advocate Andy Kahan says Houston is a safer place because of Lanier.

“When you advocate on behalf of victims, you also infuriate another section as well, and that comes with the territory,” says Kahan. “Someone asked Mayor Lanier about some of the issues that I was dealing with and he said, ‘Look, I don’t expect Mr. Kahan to please the criminal element.’ I will never forget that line, I remember that to this day.”

Eulogies were given by his grandchildren, including Louisa Lanier Sarofim.

“Many grandfathers are very special to their family. Robert Lanier was special to everybody in Houston,” says Sarofirm. “In his terms as mayor, he served selflessly. He strived for civil rights, to improve the city’s infrastructure, and decrease the crime rate. And he succeeded tremendously.”

Houston movers and shakers like Charles Hurwitz, the billionaire commercial real estate mogul, were not afraid to show their appreciation for what Lanier meant to Houston.

“Confucius says, ‘He who exercises government by means of virtue, may be compared to the North Polar Star.’ We are lucky to have had Bob as a North Polar Star,” says Hurwitz.

Like Hurwitz, many attendees left the service with tears and a smile. He was buried in a private family ceremony at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.


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