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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."

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  • Rebecca Gainey

    So sad to hear this news, but grateful that he passed comfortably in his sleep. Mr.Ed and Mrs.Dinah have been wonderful friends to my husband and I. They are generous and kind, and lead so many by their wonderful example. God bless you! We love you all so much.
    Brett and Rebecca

  • Mike Forte

    The kindest and most generous man I have ever known. A true gentleman in every sense of the word. Brunswick County has truly lost one of its favorite sons. R.I.P. Ed. You will be sorely missed my friend.

  • Susan Lawing

    Mr. Ed Gore was a wonderful person. He was the kindest, most gentle, caring man I have ever known. He was full of wisdom and if you ever had the opportunity to speak with him you were blessed! He will be missed!

  • Ashley Steadman

    It’s a very sad day. The world has lost an amazing man, wonderful friend, and neighbor to me and my family. Ed, you will be dearly missed by so many. We are very blessed to have celebrated your 82nd birthday together this past Thursday amongst family and friends, and my father will sure miss his best friend and fellow Rotary Club buddy more than you will ever know. Our heart hurts for your passing…but until we meet again. We love you ALWAYS!

    Rest in Peace – Gene, Becky, Chris, & Ashley Steadman

  • Sandra Rouse

    I have been very proud to call Ed Gore my uncle since he married my Aunt Dinah fifty-five years ago. You could not find a more generous, caring couple anywhere. They were always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. RIP Uncle Ed. I will miss you dearly and love you forever. My love and prayers to Aunt Dinah, Eddie, Greg and the rest of the Gore family.

  • Paul and Ruby Floyd

    Mr. Gore will be missed by many in the community and over the state and most of all by his family. We were fortunate to know him and his family during our 20 years residence in the area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Sammy Varnam

    Mr. Gore was the smartest, kindest and most humble man I ever met. He was good at everything. I had the honor to spend thousands of hours listening and discussing many things that he experienced thru out his life. There were times he would smile, times he would bow his head and pray with tears pouring down. He was a very wise and gentle man. He would amaze me with his quick mind. He remembered everything, dates, names, parcel numbers recorded at a certain book and page, as well as the history of Brunswick county. He had a brilliant style about him. He was a man. He had grit and integrity. He told me many times he loved me and we always shook hands when we parted. He was my best friend and I will miss him every second of every day.

    Sammy Varnam

  • Mrs. Virginia Varnam

    Sammy, I know it is with a heavy heart that you mourn the loss of your dear friend. It is once in a lifetime that such a wonderful friend comes along.I am thankful that you were so blessed to have him in your life. I know Mr. Gore felt the same about you. He truly loved you and your family as you do his. With love, Your Mom. Love and prayers to the Family of Mr. Gore

  • Faye weaver

    Uncle Ed was a wonderfull, genorus yman. I am still in shock over receiving the news of his death. He will be missed by so many people. My heart goes out to my Aunt Dinah, Eddie, Greg and all of the Gore family! . RIP Uncle Ed. I love you!


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