Former Commissioner Dan Ramirez Remembered at Funeral Mass
CHARLOTTE, NC - Friends and colleagues say humility is what set Dan Ramirez apart. "He didn't want any fanfare or any credit. He just wanted to help people," says friend and CPCC President Dr. Tony Zeiss.
The business owner, and first Latino elected to the Mecklenburg County Commission, passed away at age 66 after a battle with ALS. Ramirez' family says his passion for public service was rooted in his desire to give back to a community that gave him so much. "His background from Colombia. Just a few dollars in his pocket, and brought his family, and just did extremely well," Zeiss says.
Governor Pat McCrory remembers Ramirez as a calming influence during tense political battles. "Dan's mere presence brought a heated situation to calmness," McCrory said during the funeral mass.
"Very humble. And very giving," says friend and former employee Maria Cruz. Cruz worked for Ramirez when she first moved to Charlotte. She says he reached out to her, the same way he did with many Latinos new to the area. "I not only became part of his office, but also became part of his family," she says.
"I hope there are more like him. Because he's the kind of person you like to have in public life," says former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot.