Former Brevard County District 2 Commissioner Ron Pritchard Passes Away Jan. 22

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Served as vice chairman of the Brevard Commission in 2003 and chairman in 2004

Former Brevard County Commissioner Ron Pritchard has died, it was announced Tuesday during a commission meeting. He served as vice-chairman of the Commission in 2003 and chairman in 2004. (RonPritchard.com image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Former Brevard County Commissioner and staunch water and boating advocate Ron Pritchard passed away January 22. He served as vice-chairman of the commission in 2003 and chairman in 2004.

His contributions to Brevard County government was extensive and included stints as chairman of the Government Relations Committee for the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, president of the Citizens of Florida’s Waterways, director of the Merritt Island Executive Council, and involvement with Keep Brevard Beautiful, the Vietnam Veterans of Brevard and Leadership Brevard.

Pritchard, who served as the District 2 County Commission from 2002-2006, was cited by former Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker for his leadership in establishing a Sexual Offender Ordinance that required offender registration and tracking of sexual offenders who victimized children.

His website includes a variety of photos of Pritchard’s involvement in a sundry of community activities including Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts, Cocoa’s Mardi Gras celebration, various ribbon cuttings, Kennedy Space Center, Habitat for Humanity and golf tournament fundraisers.

“I have known Ron for 20 years or more,” said current District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith.

“He was a force of civic pride and activism for Brevard County in general and specifically regarding water and boating issues. Because of his efforts both as a Commissioner and as a private citizen, his presence will be greatly missed.”

Ron and Donna Pritchard, right, with then-State Senator Bill and Katie Posey during the 14th Annual Eagle Dinner in 2005. (RonPritchard.com image)

Current District 2 Commissioner Bryan Lober said he is grateful, as well as honored, to follow in his footsteps and build upon the groundwork of environmental stewardship that he established.

Pritchard was the deputy fire chief for the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department, retiring after 27 years.

He also served as chairman of the Brevard Water Supply Board, Public Safety Coordinating Council and Value Adjustment Board.

He was also a member of the Metropolitan Planning Council, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Central Florida Smart Growth Alliance, and he served on the Tourist Development Council, Economic Development Commission, Public Safety Coordinating Council and the County’s Internal Audit Committee.

Pritchard was also a boating enthusiast for 40-plus years, a former member of the Fort Lauderdale Power Squadron, completing several boating courses and earning the nautical rating of Pilot.

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