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Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

Roger Bone, a former legislator and one of the state's top lobbyists, has died.

He passed away this morning, according to a fellow lobbyist. Further details are not yet available.

Bone was ranked the No. 1 lobbyist in North Carolina last year by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research based on a survey of journalists, politicians and lobbyists. In seven previous surveys, he was either second or third.

In June, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.

His clients included Eli Lilly, Lorillard and the N.C. Association of Long Term Care Facilities.


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Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

To Ewol Smith: You must be one sorry self centered egotistical no brained moron SOB to write a such a comment as you did concerning Mr. Bone.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

You do realize a whole spectrum of interest groups, those you consider evil as well as those you consider worthy hire lobbyists?

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

The cycle of life. . . .may my tax dollars go to more important considerations than Lorillard from now on. Please, no more lobbyists. The dollar counts.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

I knew Roger was a Michael Jordan fan, so when the Birmingham Barons came to Zebulon to play the Mudcats back during MJs baseball year, I went out to Zebulon and bought a dozen tickets and gave two to Roger. I think giving gifts to lobbyists would even still be OK.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

The Honorable Roger Bone will be missed and has been missed these past months. Few could tell a story, count a vote or twist an arm like he could. Roger knew, was sensitive to and respected what mattered most to people -- honor and their families. One is hard pressed to find a truer son of the south. I will not forget the kindness he extended to me over many years. My prayers have been with Reba, Fred, Laura and the boys and will continue to be.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

What kind, deserving posts in memory of a great man. I knew Roger to be one of the few people left on the planet you could do business with on a handshake. Fred's just like him. Deepest respect and condolences to Reba, Fred & Laura and their boys.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

Roger was a nice guy, even when he was working for an industry that I opposed he was always extremely nice to me and as someone said earlier, remembered names. He would always call me by name. He was a gentleman. My prayers are with his family.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

I couldn't agree more with what has already been noted about this terrific human being. As goldiemorris said, it is a privilege to have worked with him. It is a privilege to have known him.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

Roger was a dear friend and mentor to so many of us and never met a stranger. Roger treated everyone the same whether they were the Governor or someone on the cleaning staff working the over-night shift. Roger stopped everyone new to the Legislative Buildiing and asked what their name was and then made sure he took the time to get to know them. Roger could hold you on the edge of your seat with a story, had the memory of an elephant and was one of the best political strategists in the State. More importantly, Roger was our friend and a loyal one to the end. We were all lucky to have crossed his path in life as he made us better people.

He was truly one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed on Jones Street by lobbyists, staff, the press and legislators alike.

Roger was probably already bending St. Peter's ears this morning with a story on his way into heaven.

Roger, God Bless you -

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

Roger was a mentor to many lobbyists - young and old - and a cherished friend to many in and out of politics. It is unimaginable to think of the Legislative building without his greater than life presence and country boy wisdom. His influence on so many will live on forever. As was his custom, I am sure he was the first to arrive for breakfast in Heaven with Gov. Scott, Horace Kornegay & Coach Yow. We love you, Roger.

Re: Roger Bone, top lobbyist, dies

North Carolina has lost a wonderful public servant, and many of us have lost a great friend. I have nothing but wonderful memories of this kind, fun man. I never saw him when he didn't have a smile on his face and a big bear hug for me. He deserved the title of no 1 lobbiest. I am so happy to have had the privilege of working with Roger.

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