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Monday, November 28, 2011

A light goes out


Rob Ingram, who headed up the City of Portland's efforts to keep young people out of gangs, died of a heart attack yesterday at age 38. Although we never met him, we were aware of his work and his dedication. We join the rest of the town in mourning his loss. [Photo right, courtesy Steve Rawley.]

Comments (5)

This is very, very sad news. He will be missed.

I noticed that yesterday, and I'm still amazed today. A heart attack at 38! He seemed to be in great shape, and obviously had a lot of energy. The tragedy is mind-boggling.

The city has lost some one who really contributed to the betterment of all. Our condolences to his family and friends.

The loss of Rob Ingram is a devastating loss to us all.

As a public person, he was an agent of change. Every day I knew him, he was hard at work making our community and, thus, our world, a better place for all of us. His method to end youth violence and crime was through love, listening and caring. He saw the big picture and saw that problems of youth violence cannot be solved solely through reactive punishment, but, more importantly, for our young people, through proactive investment, involvement, engagement and respect.

It is so sad that we have lost such a man. It is my hope that the young (and old) people he has mentored will step up in his name and honor his commitment by doing and sharing as he has taught them.

As a private person, he was a loving friend and family man full of laughter and warmth. His love for his family and his wife, Dana, was always loud and real. He was so proud of their many accomplishments and always their biggest fan. My heart goes out to each one.

In his short life, he demonstrated his humanity for all to see and emulate. We should all strive to live our lives as full and meaningful as the one he lived for far too brief a time.

As noted above, a sad loss.

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