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Former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock

NASHVILLE — Friends and family of the late former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock of Tennessee, a Republican businessman from Lookout Mountain, are set to gather Saturday in Chattanooga to celebrate the life of the former congressman, U.S. trade representative and U.S. labor secretary who died March 25.

The event is scheduled to be held from 1-2 p.m. at Tennessee Riverplace, an outdoor facility at 3104 Scenic Waters Lane, according to an invitation.

Oscar Brock, a son of the former senator, said in a statement that the family "is grateful to have this opportunity to celebrate this gentleman who touched so many lives, and who loved his family, this community and his country."

The invitation on the card sent by Brock family members to announce the celebration says "feel free to share with others that you know who knew and loved Bill Brock."

The elder Brock also served as Republican National Committee chairman and helped rebuild the party after the Watergate scandal. In his later years, Brock was a senior counselor and board member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he chaired the International Policy Roundtable. He also served on several boards, traveled extensively with his wife and family, maintained an active Twitter account and continued to write op-eds on education, trade, policy and politics right up until the time of his death, according to his family.

He died of pneumonia, which a family spokesperson said in March was unrelated to COVID-19.

Brock was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Handley "Muffet" Brock. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Schubert "Sandy" Brock; two brothers, Paul "Pat" Brock and Frank Brock; six children and stepchildren and their spouses.

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