After Fred Karl’s death Thursday at age 88, a memorial for the beloved public servant was planned for the downtown county center building that bears his name.
But so many people expressed an interest in attending that the service has been moved to the Tampa Convention Center, said his daughter, Tami Karl.
The former legislator, Florida Supreme Court justice, Hillsborough County administrator, Tampa General Hospital president and Tampa city attorney will be honored with a memorial service tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday.
“Oh my gosh, it is wonderful,” Tami Karl said. “We have had such an outpouring of condolences and well wishes, it just shows what kind of wonderful man my father was. I know in my heart, he is here and he would be so flattered.”
Though the death of a loved one is difficult, Karl’s daughter said her father eased the burden on his family by pre-planning his own memorial.
“He had pretty much written down what he wanted,” Tami Karl said. “It made it really easy on us. He said, these are some people I really want to speak.”
Karl wanted 10 people to speak at his memorial, including former Mayor Pam Iorio, Senator Bill Nelson and community activist Chloe Coney. Tami Karl – one of seven children – said that her father also wanted her, as the youngest daughter, and her oldest brother, Rick, to speak as well as two of his 15 grandchildren.
There will be a room that seats about 300 at the convention center, plus overflow capacity. The service will also be livestreamed at the Fred B. Karl County Center so that those who want to pay their respects, but can’t get away, can watch, she said.
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