Memorial service held for former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer
A memorial service will be held for formal Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer this Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church.
The service is open to the public.
The church is practicing social distancing, so seating will be limited and the family has asked that attendees wear facemasks.
A community memorial for former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will be held on June 27.
That memorial will take place at Saint Mark United Methodist Church at 1525 N. Lorraine in Wichita.
Former Wichita City Mayor Carl Brewer has died at the age of 63.
His family confirms the former lawmaker died early Friday morning.
Brewer was Wichita's first African-American elected mayor. He served from 2007 to 2015. Before that, he served on the Wichita City Council representing District 1 from 2001 to 2007.
Brewer's family released the following statement:
Brewer had some ongoing heath issues, but his family says his death was unexpected. They say in the last few weeks, Brewer was making some progress in the hospital before dying suddenly Friday morning.
"We will always have our memories, and our memories, not of him being mayor, not of him being a council member, but him being a father, him being a grandfather, all of that," Brewer's daughter, Carol Brewer says. "Those are the memories we have."
Brewer grew up in Wichita and worked in the aviation industry and served in the National Guard before becoming involved as a city leader in Wichita.
Friday, local and state leaders offered condolences and issued statements on Brewer, including Kansas Governor Laura Kelly who issued the following statement.
The business community also reflects on Brewer's career and service and the lives he impacted. This includes following statement from Spirit AeroSystems where Brewer spent part of his more-than-two-decades-long aviation career.