by: Erica Bryant Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Friends and family have gathered to remember former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez.
Ramirez’ funeral was held Wednesday morning at Saint Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne.
He died Sunday at age 67, after battling Lou Gherig's disease.
The former commissioner was honored as a loving father, husband and quiet political leader who made history as the first Latino elected in Mecklenburg County.
Gov. Pat McCrory delivered the eulogy.
“Being a political trailblazer, he entered public service simply to improve the lives of his fellow citizens,” McCrory said.
Click here to see McCrory’s eulogy.
After office, Ramirez worked to raise awareness on Lou Gherig’s disease and funding for research.
Ramirez was born in Bogota, Colombia and emigrated to the United States with less than $100 in his pocket.
He ended up starting his own successful business in Charlotte.
He served two terms on the county commission, including one as vice chairman.
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