Senator Lucio's Letterhead

STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Communications Director
Phone: 512-463-0385

SENATOR LUCIO EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES

LONGTIME FRIEND MR. BILL SUMMERS PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY

Brownsville, TX — "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr. Bill Summers, who lost his battle with cancer today. Bill was a tireless advocate for the Rio Grande Valley, always promoting a good quality of life among our communities. A lifelong resident of South Texas, his commitment and loyalty to this region of the state were evident from the nearly two decades he served as President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. Bill was a mentor and role model for me in a couple of ways: he never wavered from his convictions and he always demonstrated a tireless work ethic. His sense of humor enriched our lives and brought joy to people's hearts. Iíve been blessed to have been able to call Bill Summers my friend, and I feel strongly that I am a better person for having known him. The Rio Grande Valley has lost a true hero, and I ask everyone to continue praying for his family in this time of sorrow."

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