Community mourns David Gantt at public viewing

Patrick Moussignac
Created: July 10, 2020 06:16 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Friday the public got its chance to pay their last respects to former State Assemblyman David Gantt who passed away last week.

News10NBC was at the Church of Love Faith Center where Gantt laid in repose for public viewing.


Along with David Gantt’s family and friends, mourners came to remember the man who was not only passionate but fought fiercely for the community according to Senior Pastor Terrance Youmans. 

"He fought for those who were disadvantaged. He fought for the underdog, and he really wanted to lift people up to make them better," Youmans said.

Gantt passed away after battling some health issues. His supporters, such as Valerie Johnson loyal to him to the very end.

"David Gantt was all we have, and we will miss him. No one will ever fill his shoes, ever. Never, everything he did was for us and the city, Johnson said.

Minister Clifford Florence from the Central Church of Christ said, "It gives us a chance not to forget him but to celebrate him, but the work goes on, and he struggled in this work for almost 40 years, and we can't let it die with him today."

Valencia Metcalf, of Greece added, "Sometime we don't always agree, but he always supported, and gave encouraging words, and I appreciate that about him. I think he's leaving a huge legacy behind in this community."

A legacy many have since adopted. Youmans provided some examples.

"Vince Felder, Ernest Flagler, you know even Demond Meeks, you know many of these young men who inspire to make our community better are following in the footsteps of this great man," Youmans said.

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