Mar 16, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT
There are memorial services when someone dies, but Jackie Gaughan’s is going to be one to remember.
Grandfather of NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brendan Gaughan, Jackie passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 93.
While funeral services are pending, the El Cortez hotel – which Gaughan built and spent the last years of his life living in an apartment at the top of the building – is going to send off the elder Gaughan in style this Tuesday at 2 p.m. PDT.
Think of a toast and a roast all in one, as the El Cortez is throwing open the doors – the public is invited – of its Parlour Bar to remember Gaughan and celebrate his life with champagne and cake.
Testimonies, stories, recollections, jokes and tales tall and short will be on the agenda to honor and remember Gaughan, who was one of the primary figures to help Brendan get his start in NASCAR racing.
One of the pioneers who built Las Vegas from a small desert stop into the entertainment capital of the world, properties that the elder Gaughan once owned brought in 25 percent of Sin City’s downtown gaming revenue.
At one point, he owned all or part of legendary casinos and hotels such as the Golden Nugget, Showboat, Union Plaza, Boulder Club, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, Gold Spike and the Western.
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