Public television to live stream funeral rites for former House Speaker Don Tucker

State Rep. Don Tucker shows which way he wants his followers to vote as he signals "thumbs up." Photo by Donn Dughi. State Library and Archives of Florida

Funeral services for former House Speaker Donald L. Tucker will be live streamed on WFSU Public Television at 3 p.m. Friday.

Services for Tucker will be at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee. The building was named for him after he helped secure funds for its construction.

Tucker, 84, died Sept. 24 after a 20-year battle against cancer. For much of his life he was a dominant figure in Florida lawmaking, first as a legislator and later as a prominent lobbyist for parimutuels and wholesale liquors.

The service can be watched on the internet by going to WFSU.org and clicking on “live stream.” A reception at the civic center will follow the service.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered the U.S. and Florida flags flown at half staff at the state Capitol, Leon County Courthouse, and Tallahassee City Hall from sunrise to sunset.

Lucy Morgan
Pulitzer Prize-winner Lucy Morgan was chief of the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times capital bureau in Tallahassee for 20 years, retiring in 2006 and serving as senior correspondent until 2013. She was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame. The Florida Senate named its press gallery after Morgan, in honor of her two decades covering the Legislature.

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