JACKSONVILLE, Fla –
Hundreds of people including most of Jacksonville’s mayors who succeeded Hans Tanzler filled St. John’s Cathedral Saturday to pay respects to his family and also to remember all of his accomplishments. Family says wasn’t just a funeral, but a celebration of his life.
“The Lord called him and we’re here to celebrate his life and the community is coming out to that he deserved to be celebrated and I’m grateful we have the opportunity to do that,” the former mayor’s son, Hans Tanzler III said. “It’s a sad day, but a happy day.”
Hans Tanzler III has a name he says he is extremely proud of, named after his amazing father Hans Tanzler Jr, who served for more than a decade as the first Mayor of the consolidated city of Jacksonville. He died Thursday at age 86.
Tanzler says Saturday was a bittersweet day, sad at the loss of his father on Thursday, but happy that the community got to celebrate his life at his funeral.