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NEW ORLEANS -- This was a day for friends and colleagues to share memories of a remarkable journalist, Alec Gifford.

Gifford, whose career spannedan incredible five decades,died Friday at the age of 85.

Friends gathered for a celebration of his life on Tuesday and to give their condolences to his wife, Dolores, their five children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The reception, at the home ofjournalist Fritz Harsdorff and his wife, longtime friends of Gifford's, included friends from Gifford's days at WDSU and WVUE, as well as colleagues from here at Channel 4.

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