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Visitation planned for late Raleigh leader

Posted October 15, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014

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— A visitation has been planned for Friday for those wishing to offer their condolences to the family of former Raleigh Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Crowder, who died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

Crowder's wife, Kay Crowder, and family will receive visitors from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, 2 South St.

Those wishing to extend written condolences and expressions of gratitude can send a message to public.affairs@raleighnc.gov.

Crowder, 58, served on the City Council for 11 years, representing District D in southwest Raleigh, and is credited with a number of city-led efforts, including the redevelopment of downtown.

Failing health from testicular cancer led him to resign last month. Kay Crowder has assumed her husband's position on the council until his term ends next year.

"We have discussed and debated almost everything he has worked on for our district for more than 10 years, so I accepted his challenge with confidence," she said in a statement. "In his last weeks, Thomas spent a lot of his waning energy bringing me up to speed on details of his concerns and plans for District D. He emphasized that citizen involvement has been critical to his accomplishments in our district and our city. I intend to listen and act on their behalf in a way that would make Thomas as proud of me as I am of him.

"Over the next few weeks, I plan to spend private time with my children grieving the loss of this amazing man," she continued. "Then, I will fulfill the promise I made to Thomas to take care of our district and our city by serving the final year of his term of office with our shared goals as my guiding light."

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