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Jackie Gaughan remembered by politicians, casino owners

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In this file photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, casino owner Jackie Gaughan poses in front of his El Cortez Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas on April 22, 1965. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau) In this file photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, casino owner Jackie Gaughan poses in front of his El Cortez Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas on April 22, 1965. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau)
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From mayors to senators to fellow casino moguls, officials are remembering Jackie Gaughan, the Las Vegas casino pioneer who died Wednesday at 93.

Below are some of the condolences:

El Cortez Hotel and Casino via Twitter:

"It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of John D. 'Jackie' Gaughan. Las Vegas lost a legend today and the El Cortez lost its patriarch in Jackie, but his vision for the gaming industry and his presence as a beloved member of the El Cortez family will be felt for years to come. An Omaha native and proud Irishman, Jackie was a pioneer for Las Vegas and a role model for us to this day. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time, and we ask the community to celebrate the impact he had on our city through his years of dedicated leadership and service for the betterment of all."

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval:

"Few people have influenced Las Vegas and Nevada like Jackie Gaughan. He played an important role in the history of Las Vegas, helping shape it into the city we know today. There is no question his incredible legacy will be felt for generations to come. Kathleen and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Jackie's friends and loved ones."

Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV:

"I'm terribly saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Jackie Gaughan. Jackie is a pioneer of gaming and there is no one more respected in the industry. He came to Las Vegas during World War II, while stationed at what was then Las Vegas Air Force Base; he grew to love Las Vegas, and chose to stay. He created the modern-day casino in Nevada. He has a wonderful family and leaves a wonderful and lasting legacy in Las Vegas. He will forever be missed, and my thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn and Encore casinos on Las Vegas Strip:

"I believe it would take a month to name all of the friends that Jackie Gaughan had in the state of Nevada. It would take that long to list all of the people from Reno to Las Vegas, from Elko to Laughlin who respected Jackie for his warmth, his business integrity, his affection for his employees and above all, for his happy, positive personality. I am one of those people whose life was brightened by a friendship and association with that delightful man. He had a long and joyful life, and give or take a few days, had it his way.

"Jackie's experience in Las Vegas started right after he completed serving his country in the military and for all the ensuing years he belonged to us. There was a man who will be missed and impossible to replace."

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman:

"Jackie Gaughan was one of Las Vegas' gaming pioneers, and he took a leadership role in the revitalization of the El Cortez and downtown Las Vegas. His gentle and warm personality was certainly what Las Vegas is all about and we'll surely miss him. His legacy will remain in the many ways that he touched the Las Vegas community."

Former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst:

"Jackie Gaughan was a great visionary of the gaming industry in Las Vegas. He was a smart and lovely human being. His vision shaped what Las Vegas has become today and we will long remember his enormous contribution."

Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International:

"Jackie Gaughan was a colorful and generous gaming and community pioneer. With his passing, Las Vegas has lost a measure of its storied past.

"Jackie led the way to creating the Las Vegas that grew to become the center of entertainment and excitement the world over.

"His was a cherished spirit that reflected kindness and humility. And while I join with the many others throughout our community who are deeply saddened by this loss, it cheers me that he lived to see the renewal of his beloved downtown.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his colleagues and the millions of people who saw him as the embodiment of a warm welcome to Las Vegas."

Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority:

"Las Vegas has lost an icon in the passing of Jackie Gaughan. He was a pioneer in the gaming industry who celebrated his love and passion for Downtown Las Vegas every day. Jackie made his guests and employees feel special, which set the standard for providing visitors with exceptional customer experience. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time."

Jeff Victor, president of the Fremont Street Experience:

"Jackie Gaughan was a legendary gaming pioneer who meant so much to the development and history of Las Vegas. Downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience are the successes they are today in large part because of the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Jackie Gaughan. At various times he owned parts of the El Cortez, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Showboat, Boulder Club, Gold Spike, Western, Las Vegas Club and Plaza hotel-casinos. Jackie Gaughan will always be remembered as one of the great Las Vegans, and fathers of Downtown."

Frank J. Fertitta III, chairman and CEO of Station Casinos:

"It is a sad day in Nevada with the passing of Jackie Gaughan. Jackie was a true gentleman and one of the great pioneers in the Nevada gaming industry. His contributions to Las Vegas helped shape both Southern Nevada and OUR INDUSTRY. From the outset, Jackie and his family have been major forces in the growth and success of our community. He will be missed.

"Lorenzo and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family."

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I believe it would take month to name all of the friends that Jackie Gaughan had in the state ofNevada.  It would take that long to list all of the people from Reno toLas Vegas, from Elko to Laughlin who respected Jackie for his warmth, his business integrity, his affection for his employees and above all, for his happy, positive personality.   I am one of those people whose life was brightened by a friendship and association with that delightful man. He had a long and joyful life, and give or take a few days, had it his way.

 

Jackie's experience in LasVegas started right after he completed serving his country in the military and for all the ensuing years he belonged to us.  There was a man who will be missed and impossible to replace.

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