Philadelphia Mourns The Loss Of Lewis Katz - New York News

Philadelphia Mourns The Loss Of Lewis Katz

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts on Saturday night.

The passengers were returning to our area from a gathering at the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The tragic accident comes, just days after Katz reached a deal that many were hoping would help stabilize the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sunday was the 185th anniversary of the paper's founding. The legacy Katz leaves behind, already extends much farther.

Fox 29’s Chris O’Connell has local reaction to the loss of Lewis Katz

In one way or another most of us have felt the influence of Lewis Katz.

"I haven't really reconciled yet that I'll never see him again. He'll never make me laugh or smile again," said former Governor Ed Rendell.

Rendell still shaken from the early morning phone call telling him one of his best friends had died.

"He was as good a friend as our family had, but he didn't care whether if you were rich or powerful if you were a good person he tried to help you," he said.

Rendell just spoke with Katz Friday when Katz asked Rendell to join him on that fateful trip to Boston.

Rendell declined because of a prior speaking engagement.

"If it wasn't for that speech I’ve might have never been on that plane," said Rendell

As one of the area’s most generous philanthropists, Katz grew up in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, and never forgot where he came from.

The Camden Boys and Girls Club bears his name, so does a charter school and a Jewish community center in Longport

Katz recently gave a 25-million dollar donation to Temple University's School of Medicine.

"Lewis was just a guy who supported so many different causes. He cared about kids. He cared about education. He looked at things going on in Philadelphia and in Camden, never forgot his very humble roots,” said Mayor Michael Nutter.

Rendell says one of Katz crowing achievements came just last week when he and partner Gerry Lenfest bought the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News for a 80-million dollars. Their goal was to make sure the papers stayed locally controlled.

"They knew the Inquirer was not a great investment. They overpaid 20-30 million, but they did it because they wanted to make sure the paper stayed in Philly they wanted to make sure the papers survived," said Rendell.

"In 26 years, I've never seen him happier," said Rendell.

Son Drew Katz will take over company operations.

In a statement his son writes:

"My father was my best friend. He taught me everything. He never forgot where and how he grew up, and he worked tirelessly to support his community in countless ways that were seen and unseen."

"The greatest joy he got out of life was helping people," said Rendell. "He just liked doing stuff for people. He was unbelievable and for us as a community it's a huge loss."

  • Chris O'Connell ReportsMore>>

  • Police: Gay Couple Beaten In Center City

    Police: Gay Couple Beaten In Center City

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:32:24 GMT
    Investigators say a gay couple was walking in Center City when they were stopped by a group of people and brutally beaten on the corner of 16th and Chancellor. Both of the victims are now recovering from nasty injuries.Friends and witnesses say there is no question the men were targeted because they are gay."They shattered his cheek bones on both sides and his jaw,” said friend of the victims Caryn Kunkle.Caryn describes the injuries to her two dear friends who FOX 29 is not identifying.The c...
    Investigators say a gay couple was walking in Center City when they were stopped by a group of people and brutally beaten on the corner of 16th and Chancellor. Both of the victims are now recovering from nasty injuries.Friends and witnesses say there is no question the men were targeted because they are gay."They shattered his cheek bones on both sides and his jaw,” said friend of the victims Caryn Kunkle.Caryn describes the injuries to her two dear friends who FOX 29 is not identifying.The c...
  • New Video Surfaces Of LOVE Park Ranger Assault

    New Video Surfaces Of LOVE Park Ranger Assault

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-09-12 04:58:32 GMT
    Brand new video of the park ranger attacked in LOVE Park last month has just surfaced on social media.The new video clip that surfaced on Instagram shows the moments before that brutal beating. About an hour ago, FOX 29's Chris O'Connell watched that video with that park ranger who was attacked.The video of Park Ranger Erron Williams, who is a 7-year city worker, is at times is hard to watch.Police have charged Curtis Tanner,9, from Pottstown with aggravated assault and other crimes.FOX 29 wa...
    Brand new video of the park ranger attacked in LOVE Park last month has just surfaced on social media.The new video clip that surfaced on Instagram shows the moments before that brutal beating. About an hour ago, FOX 29's Chris O'Connell watched that video with that park ranger who was attacked.The video of Park Ranger Erron Williams, who is a 7-year city worker, is at times is hard to watch.Police have charged Curtis Tanner,9, from Pottstown with aggravated assault and other crimes.FOX 29 wa...
  • Woman Claims Alleged Brutality At Harrah's Casino

    Woman Claims Alleged Brutality At Harrah's Casino

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:39:12 GMT
    A new federal lawsuit accuses Harrah's Casino of a pattern of excessive force by security guards,A New Jersey woman says she was brutally beaten by security guards at Harrah's in Atlantic City two years ago. She claims it was all caught on camera.Amy Walsh's suit is the latest in a pattern of similar claims filed against the security team at Harrah's.Walsh, a 26 year old nurse, says a minor seating issue with a group of women became a major problem."Said this table is only for 5. We told them...
    A new federal lawsuit accuses Harrah's Casino of a pattern of excessive force by security guards,A New Jersey woman says she was brutally beaten by security guards at Harrah's in Atlantic City two years ago. She claims it was all caught on camera.Amy Walsh's suit is the latest in a pattern of similar claims filed against the security team at Harrah's.Walsh, a 26 year old nurse, says a minor seating issue with a group of women became a major problem."Said this table is only for 5. We told them...
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Geno's Holds Fundraiser For Paralyzed Man

    Geno's Holds Fundraiser For Paralyzed Man

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:25:33 GMT
    A  man on the way to his job in 2012 was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The accident changed his life forever, but he says that he plans on overcoming the challenges that he now faces.
    A  man on the way to his job in 2012 was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The accident changed his life forever, but he says that he plans on overcoming the challenges that he now faces.
  • Police: Gay Couple Beaten In Center City

    Police: Gay Couple Beaten In Center City

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:32:24 GMT
    Investigators say a gay couple was walking in Center City when they were stopped by a group of people and brutally beaten on the corner of 16th and Chancellor. Both of the victims are now recovering from nasty injuries.Friends and witnesses say there is no question the men were targeted because they are gay."They shattered his cheek bones on both sides and his jaw,” said friend of the victims Caryn Kunkle.Caryn describes the injuries to her two dear friends who FOX 29 is not identifying.The c...
    Investigators say a gay couple was walking in Center City when they were stopped by a group of people and brutally beaten on the corner of 16th and Chancellor. Both of the victims are now recovering from nasty injuries.Friends and witnesses say there is no question the men were targeted because they are gay."They shattered his cheek bones on both sides and his jaw,” said friend of the victims Caryn Kunkle.Caryn describes the injuries to her two dear friends who FOX 29 is not identifying.The c...
  • Authorities Continue To Investigate State Police Barracks Shooting

    Authorities Continue To Investigate State Police Barracks Shooting

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:14:19 GMT

    State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

    State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Schumer proposes ban on 10 flame retardants

    Schumer proposes ban on 10 flame retardants

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:42:47 GMT
    Gov. Andrew CuomoGov. Andrew Cuomo
    Senator Charles Schumer says a Duke University study has found flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children's products like toys, pajamas and pillows to be highly toxic. The chemicals have also been linked to developmental delays and rare cancers in firefighters as well as cancers and hormone disruption in children.
    Senator Charles Schumer says a Duke University study has found flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children's products like toys, pajamas and pillows to be highly toxic. The chemicals have also been linked to developmental delays and rare cancers in firefighters as well as cancers and hormone disruption in children.
  • Electricity goes out at Six Flags, guests left stranded

    Electricity goes out at Six Flags, guests left stranded

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:50:36 GMT
    Six Flags Great Adventure 45th anniversary logo. (AP photo)Six Flags Great Adventure 45th anniversary logo. (AP photo)
    It wasn't the amusement park thrill they were expecting. Some people at Great Adventure in New Jersey were left stranded on rides after a power outage.
    It wasn't the amusement park thrill they were expecting. Some people at Great Adventure in New Jersey were left stranded on rides after a power outage.
  • Stranded jet skiers rescued off Staten Island

    Stranded jet skiers rescued off Staten Island

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:43:09 GMT
    Two jet skiers stranded since Saturday night were rescued from small islands off of Staten Island Sunday morning, police sources said. The FDNY Marine division discovered the first jet skier on the West Bank Lighthouse island while patrolling the area after 8 a.m. Sunday, and took him to Staten Island University Hospital North. His friend, a man in his 40s, was also saved.
    Two jet skiers stranded since Saturday night were rescued from small islands off of Staten Island Sunday morning, police sources said. The FDNY Marine division discovered the first jet skier on the West Bank Lighthouse island while patrolling the area after 8 a.m. Sunday, and took him to Staten Island University Hospital North. His friend, a man in his 40s, was also saved.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices