Louisville lost a great man on Friday night with the passing of Bernard Trager.
Mr. Trager built Republic Bank, a business that will endure because it rests on the foundation of honesty, service and hard work. While some banks endured devastating consequences of their fast and reckless short-term decisions, Republic Bank was largely untouched by the economic meltdown of the past few years. Steady as she goes was a course set by Mr. Trager and managed skillfully by his son Steve.
He was a great friend to the community who, along with his family, gave millions of dollars to Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville and countless other worthy organizations throughout our area.
When I would see him and say, "Hello, Mr. Trager," he would always return the greeting by saying, "Please, call me Bernard." I would nod as if I intended to do so, but he would always be Mr. Trager to me. He was a man to be respected, not because he required it, but because he earned it.
Mr. Bernard Trager loved his business, his employees, his community, and most of all, his family. His life was built on kindness and generosity. He will be missed.
If you have thoughts on Mr. Trager's contribution to our community, I'd love for you to call us and share them. We'll put them on the air tomorrow.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.