Paul Bather Remembered

I remember Paul Bather as a rather controversial local politician who was a leader on African American issues. But I don’t remember him very well. He passed away in Houston after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He retired rather than run for re-election to the State House in 2004. Here’s some remembrances from the Metro Council members:

“He was a long serving public official who cared about his constituents in the 12th Ward and loved and respected them. He was an innovative thinker and doer and always thinking about how to make his community better.  He was a mentor and a friend and when I followed him in office he did not leave me hanging out there. He showed me how to be good elected official, how to work in the community and serve the people. I will always be grateful. He had a ready smile and an open hand for anyone who needed assistance. His heart was always in the right place.”

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5

“Paul Bather taught me that you didn’t need to be in legislative leadership to be an effective advocate for causes that you believe in.”

Councilman Tom Owen, District 8

“Paul Bather was a dear friend. He would stand up for you when nobody else would. He served thinking of people only…”

Councilman Dan Johnson, District 21

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“Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Bather family. Paul is one on many people who answer the call to public service in hopes of making a difference. He was loved by the people of his district and his contribution to our city will long be remembered by the people he helped.”

President David Tandy, District 4

“I knew Paul long before I started working in city government.  He was always a gentleman and very attentive to the needs of his constituents in his aldermanic ward.  He made many contributions to the people he served in city and state government. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”

Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge, District 3

“He always reached out to me and it meant a lot. Years ago, when I worked for County Government and he was with the City, he always showed a willingness to help Newburg especially on issues like the curfew. His actions are an example of how merged government works when people cooperate with everyone.”

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2

“Mr. Bather’s years of service in Louisville and Jefferson County, as well as in Frankfort, are to be commended.  He was dedicated to improving the lives of his constituents.  Let us keep his family in our prayers.”

Councilman Brent Ackerson, District 26

“As a constituent of Alderman Bather, I knew him to be a man that served this community with honor, dignity, and grace.  The generosity and leadership he exhibited in the 12th ward is still being felt today.  Even when Alderman Bather encountered criticism, he maintained his professional outlook, and dealt with his critics in a professional manner, always with a big smile.  Paul was passionate about West Louisville, and in particular, the 12th ward.  He was a true leader in this community, and will be sorely missed by those lives he touched.  My sincere sympathy and condolences go out to his wife, Coretta, sons Omar and Amir, the extended family and friends, and the constituents that will deeply feel the loss of our dear friend and colleague.”

Councilwoman Judith Green, District 1

“Paul was one of a kind.  He believed that you “gotta do what you gotta do”, and worry about the outcome later.  He loved living on the edge and keeping people guessing.  He always showed compassion for his constituents.”

Councilman George Unseld, District 6

One thought on “Paul Bather Remembered

  1. RIP Paul, and sympathies to Coretta and family. I liked Paul and thought he was a good representative for his districts.

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