Francis R. Slay, father of St. Louis mayor, dies

Thursday, March 17, 2011 | 7:12 a.m. CDT; updated 10:41 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 17, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Services are pending for Francis R. Slay, a retired St. Louis restaurant owner and former state lawmaker whose son is current St. Louis Mayor, Francis G. Slay.

Relatives said Francis R. Slay was 83 when he died Wednesday of apparent heart disease at South St. Louis County's St. Anthony's Medical Center.

Francis R. Slay long was influential in the region's politics, having served as a Democratic committeeman for 45 years. He was elected as a state representative in 1966 and 1968, then spent eight years as the city's Recorder of Deeds.

He also was the longtime co-owner of the former Slay's Restaurant, where the mayor worked as a young man.

The city named a park after Francis R. Slay in 2009.


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