Kirk, Florida’s governor from 1967 to 1971, died in his West Palm Beach home on Wednesday. He was 85.
The famously colorful governor, who became the first Republican elected in Florida since Reconstruction, left as many stories as he told.
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Dignitaries who came to the memorial included Gov. Rick Scott, former Governors Reubin Askew, Bob Martinez and Wayne Mixson, former Supreme Court justices and federal court judges, former state Cabinet officials, agency heads and current and former legislators. And there wasn't a visitor who didn't have a story to tell about the charming, flamboyant and provocative governor.
“We became fairly good friends,’’ said Askew, 83, who defeated Kirk in 1970. “You don’t become better friends by running against each other. But he did some things that were very important to the state.’’