Aug 18, 2023 - Politics

Mayor Latoya Cantrell's husband to have public memorial at Gallier Hall

Photo shows LaToya Cantrell, husband Jason and daughter RayAnn smiling outside.

LaToya Cantrell, husband Jason and daughter RayAnn are seen in this undated photo released in 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Jason Cantrell, Mayor LaToya Cantrell's husband, will lie in state next week at Gallier Hall.

  • The first gentleman died Monday of a heart attack, according to He was 55.

What's happening: Jason Cantrell will lie in state Monday from 3pm to 6pm at Gallier Hall. A celebration of life will start at 6pm.

  • Visitation starts at 10am Tuesday at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (4230 S. Broad St.) with a funeral Mass at 11.

Zoom out: The Cantrells would have been married 24 years next month, according to the mayor's social media. They have a daughter, RayAnn.

  • Jason Cantrell was a longtime lawyer and previously worked as an Orleans Parish public defender and a prosecutor in the city attorney's office, according to Michelle Woodfork, the city's interim police chief.

What she's saying: "Jason's sudden passing has been difficult, but with God carrying us and the residents of this great city as our backbone, we will remain faithful and strong during this time," Mayor Cantrell said Friday in her first public comments since her husband's death.

  • "Jay was a compassionate husband, father, brother and friend to many. He was an all-around good guy with a humbled heart, loving spirit and great sense of humor."
  • "He lived his values of compassion and integrity daily by serving others. Jay will be truly missed, but we find comfort in knowing that his memory will live on in our hearts forever."

What they're saying: "He was a devoted husband and father, as well as a dedicated public servant who valiantly served the residents of this city not only alongside Mayor Cantrell but also as an experienced family, civil and criminal attorney," city spokesperson Gregory Joseph said in a statement.

  • "New Orleans suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Jason Cantrell," added City Council member JP Morrell, who said he knew him for almost 20 years.
  • "Our prayers and condolences are with Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her family during this time of grief," said Gayle Benson, owner of the Saints and Pelicans.

Editor's note: This story was updated Sunday with additional comments from Mayor LaToya Cantrell.


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