Former County Commissioner Ramirez passes away

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CHARLOTTE —

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez died Sunday night after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

He was the first Latino elected in the county.

Ramirez had dedicated himself to finding a cure for the disease.

On Monday, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners released the following statement:

"We are saddened to learn of the death of former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez, a true pioneer in our community. Dan was a successful businessman who fought with courage for what he believed was right. As an at-large county commissioner, his was an important voice for many. Although he fought illness in the last two years, he was still an inspiration to all. Dan’s life was a true testament to the American dream. On behalf of the entire Board of County Commissioners, we offer to Dan’s loving wife Cecy and his three daughters, Christina, Marce, and Claudia, our deepest condolences and the prayers of our entire county for Dan’s service to all of us. May he now rest in eternal peace."

Gov. Pat McCrory said, "Dan's numerous contributions to the community were more than a civic duty, they were expressions of his gratitude to the country, change state and people he loved. Ann and I have his family in our prayers."