"He was the one who had foresight to see how the city would benefit. It would not have been possible if he had not assisted in the contract language that permitted it" in the leases, Copenhaver said.
"Downtown Charleston would be a different place if it weren't for him. He worked both the legal trade and real estate," said Howard Swint, a property broker with West Virginia Commercial. "Charleston is a better place because Brawley Tracy was hard at work all those years."
"As a negotiator, he was as tough as nails. Everyone who had the opportunity to work with him appreciated that," Swint said.
"Brawley did a lot for CURA as a very astute lawyer. He also had a great memory and knew everybody in town," said Bobby Reishman, a Charleston City Council member whose brother, James, was Tracy's law partner.
"Brawley has done a tremendous amount of things for Charleston. He was instrumental in all the financing arrangements with the Marriott and parking garages where CURA gets its income.
"Brawley's mother and my mother's mother were sisters," Reishman said. "I knew him almost as an uncle. When my dad and mother were alive, he ate breakfast at our house almost every Sunday."
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said, "He was a good lawyer. He worked hard. To a large extent, he was from the old school. When he gave you his word, he kept his word.
"Brawley Tracy was also a great community supporter, but always kept that quiet. He will be sorely missed. He used to do a lot of work on property disputes. He was a great property lawyer and a very fine person," Carper said.
Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.