Latest: 10:00 pm, 5/20/17, Saturday
GIBSON CITY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Alderman Ed Day died just days after he was sworn in so his friends and family gathered to remember and celebrate his life.
His son says day wanted to be an alderman for years, to give back to the town he grew up in. Friends say he was a man of integrity and embraced everybody in life, and call him a fun-loving guy. His children say they've learned a lot from their dad.
Eric Day is his son. He says, "He really enjoyed his work. He had one of the best work ethics I've ever seen in my life. He was a great father. The best father a guy could ask for and the whole town is at a loss without Ed. We're going to miss him a lot."
One of Day's goals as an alderman was to build a skate park for the kids in town. The family raised money to make his dream a reality. They money they collect will go to building it in West Park.
Original: 5:30 pm, 5/19/17, Friday
GIBSON CITY -- A small town is remembering the life of a man they say would have been a great leader for them.
Gibson City alderman Ed Day died just days after he was sworn in. People who were close to him say he was already driving around town, getting ideas of things he'd like to try to fix.
Now friends are mourning a man who had potential ahead, and whose loss left a lot behind.
"He's probably the biggest, most kind-hearted person I've ever met. He made my mom the most happy woman in the world," said Day's stepson, Dale Denny.
His friends say they are holding a "celebration of life" ceremony on Saturday at the Gibson City American Legion.
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