BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man who helped build Sunset Beach from the ground up with his father has died.
Ed Gore died in his sleep last night, multiple sources confirm to WWAY.
"He was a good man, a good neighbor for everybody," Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said.
Gore helped with and later took over the development of Sunset Beach from his father Mannon.
"It's just been a work of love just of being able to build on Dad's vision and bring it to fruition," Ed Gore told WWAY in a 2008 interview.
"He's always been a supporter of the town. Very positive," Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Lou DeVita said. "An upbeat positive. Forward thinking about what might be happening in the town just like his dad."
In addition to helping shape modern-day Brunswick County as a developer, Gore was also a philanthropist. Gore has donated millions of dollars to his alma mater Campbell University, where the football field is named after him, NC State and Brunswick Community College, where he was a member of the school's foundation's board of directors and where the aquatic center bears the name of his wife Dinah.
"I think everybody is sad. It's certainly unexpected. He had a wonderful long life, and it's terrific for that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dinah, Greg, Eddie, the rest of the family."