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Columbus residents remember Ted Kennedy

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Senator Ted Kennedy's work touched thousands of lives over the years, and he even influenced some people a little closer to our home. News Leader Nine found out how some Columbus residents are remembering the Senator.

"Even though you know things like this are going to happen it's still a shock when its someone like Ted Kennedy who served so many years on the Senate is now gone. The world is a little sadder for it," said the Department Chair for Political Science at Columbus State University, Gregory Domin.

When word spread that 77 year old Ted Kennedy lost his battle with cancer, many thought back to their favorite memories of the U.S. Senator.

"I reminisced about his family portrait because he was the youngest and he was on his dad's lap and he looked just like Beaver Cleaver. That's what he reminded me of," Kenneth Hugle told News Leader Nine. Hugle had the privilege of meeting Kennedy while he was serving in the Navy, "The captain told us to all get ourselves together because Senator Kennedy is coming to see you. He was telling us to keep our heads high and take care of ourselves. He was so calm. He had that calming affect that just being around him makes you calm and it makes you feel good."

Not only was Kennedy known for being a people-person, but his work in the government is remembered by many.

Domin said, "If the issue was healthcare reform, immigration, civil rights, education, labor or minimum wage, Ted Kennedy was fighting for the causes for the five decades he was in the Senate. You don't have to agree with him, but most respected Ted Kennedy and America is sadder for his passing. He'll be missed."

Ted Kennedy will be buried at Arlington Cemetery near his brothers after his funeral Saturday at Mission Church in Boston.

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