Visitation Held for Dan Ramirez, First Latino Elected to Mecklenburg Office

Ramirez will be laid to rest Wednesday.

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by Christine Noel

CHARLOTTE, NC-- Friends, family, and community members are remembering the first Latino ever elected in Mecklenburg County. A visitation for former Commissioner Dan Ramirez took place Tuesday night in South Charlotte.

On Sunday, the former Mecklenburg County Commissioner passed away after a two-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 67 years old.  "We are going to miss him," says family friend Alicia Rodriguez Williamson, "He was such a nice person, and he was doing a lot for the community too."

Ramirez grew up in Colombia and moved to the U.S. in 1970. He came to Charlotte a few years later where he built his own digital company from the ground up. In 2002 and 2006, Ramirez was elected to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Board began with a moment of silence to honor their former colleague. Representative Bill Brawley says Ramirez always had the best interest of the people at heart, and that his life story is proof that anything is possible. "He had come from poverty, he created wealth in America," says Brawley, "He believed in the American Dream. He was the American Dream."

Ramirez will be laid to rest Wednesday. His funeral begins at 11am at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

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