LEXINGTON, KY. — Gatewood Galbraith, who garnered statewide fame as an outspoken, yet unsuccessful, candidate for Kentucky’s high-ranking political offices, was remembered Thursday for his tenacity in campaigns and his commitment to family and friends.
More than 400 gathered at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in downtown Lexington to pay tribute to Galbraith, after the 64-year-old’s unexpected death last week due to complications from emphysema.
For three hours, friends and family celebrated his life and recalled his decades of public activism as a criminal defense attorney and political mainstay, championing reforms in state government and, most notably, calling for the legalization of marijuana.
Gatewood Galbraith’s former wife Susan Sears, left, and daughter Abby Sears Galbraith look at a photo of Galbraith and singer Willie Nelson at Thursday’s memorial. / David Perry/AP
“Gatewood Galbraith was a good friend, and a tireless advocate for the repeal of the ridiculous ban on hemp & marijuana. His book ‘The Last Free Man Standing’ says it all.” ~ Willie Nelson