AUGUSTA — State government officials and other well wishers attended a memorial service Tuesday for Dan Gwadosky, a Fairfield native whose long career in public service included two years as speaker of the Maine House and eight years as secretary of state.

Gwadosky died Aug. 10 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

The Democrat, a Lawrence High School graduate, was first elected to the Maine House in 1978, when he was 23. When he was 39, he took over as House Speaker when John Martin stepped down.

Gwadosky, a hotel manager and Thomas College graduate, was speaker from 1994 to 1996.

Out of respect for the family, the Kennebec Journal honored a request not to cover Tuesday’s event at the Augusta Civic Center.

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