Longtime County Legislator Bernie Kraft, who served the second district for 26 years, has died.
Kraft had been battling heart problems for a number of years. A recent cellulitis infection in his leg landed him in the hospital, where his condition continued to deteriorate. He knew his "death was imminent," he told the Star-Review two weeks ago, but he chose to focus on a more positive thought: that he had led a good life.
I have a visual image of my life as a mountain," he said. "I see myself having spent all of this time climbing that mountain. I've worked and played and raised a family on that mountain. Now, for the first time, I've stepped off the mountain, and I'm resting in the meadow below, and it's very peaceful. I'm looking at the mountain, and it's full of lights. I come to realize that those lights are my many, many friends, the people I love, and I look at all of those lights, and I realize that I'm a very lucky man."
For more on this story, see the Aug. 5 edition of the Star-Review.