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What Harry Jones Meant to Me and The Partnership 2-21-17

Harry Jones, trusted mentor and friend

My dear friend, former Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones, was laid to rest yesterday.  Since he passed away last week, I have been thinking about how much he added to my life, both personally and professionally.

Harry was one of the first people I met when I arrived in Charlotte 12 years ago.  From the beginning, he was a mentor helping me navigate the ins, outs and personalities of Charlotte.

Over the years, we developed a deep friendship and I considered him one of the good guys.

A strong supporter of regionalism, he was also a member of The Partnership’s board of directors for more than a decade.  As an organization, we greatly benefitted from his involvement and straightforward counsel.

As he led the County through some very turbulent times, including the recession, I was always in awe of how someone with such a big job never seemed overwhelmed.  He was truly level headed and unflappable.  From him, I learned not to sweat the small stuff and focus on the bigger prize.

Throughout his illness, I continued to be amazed by his drive and strength.  I wish I had known our lunch a few months ago would be our last. He was a true visionary, leader and friend I will greatly miss.

Read the Charlotte Observer story about his life and contributions here

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM
President & CEO

Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 S. Caldwell St., Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202
phone  704-347-8942

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Amen, brother. I got to know Harry well after my father died of pancreatic cancer and I reached out to Harry for support. He radiated the love of Jesus and had a heart of gold. We were blessed to have him and he will be missed.

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