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UPDATE: Eden Mayor John Grogan dies at 78

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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 4:10 pm | Updated: 5:49 pm, Fri Jul 5, 2013.

A long-time advocate for the city of Eden, Mayor John Grogan, died July 4.

Grogan had been suffering from cancer since earlier in the year. He died peacefully at home with his family, according to the City Clerk Sheralene Thompson.

Grogan, 78, served Eden citizens for about 28 years. Grogan was wrapping up his eighth year as mayor and served as Eden City Councilman for twenty years.

“It has truly been an honor and privilege to work beside Mayor Grogan for so many years. I can tell you that he loved this community with a passion and the City has sustained a great loss,” City Manager Brad Corcoran said in the press release.

Visitiation will be held at the Morehead-Fair House next to the Fair Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. A service to celebrate the life of Mayor Grogan will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Leaksville United Methodist Church.

“He served his community for many years and he always thought about what was best for Eden,” Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Tuggle said in the press release, “I speak for many people when I say our heart goes out to Sylvia, Meredith, Michael and their family.”

Grogan was born and raised on the Boulevard in Eden, and maintained his Eden residency ever since.

In 2011, Grogan led 34 local residents on a trip to to Kansas City, where Eden was presented with the prestigious All-America City Award.

Grogan served as the chairman of the Eden Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Piedmont Area Chamber Group, Chairman of the Morehead Memorial Hospital Trustees, and also served as Mayor Pro-Tem for two terms.

Grogan supported the creation of the Eden Community Resource Center and the Skat bus transit system.

“He’d always try to do what was right,” said Councilman Gene Hagwood, “He always said he was a cheerleader for Eden.”

Councilman Hagwood said Grogan was a mentor to him. Grogan was his banker before the men served as elected leaders together.

“He would say, ‘I was just doing my job,’” Hagwood said.

Not only did Grogan touch the lives of those in Eden, he was a supporter of all of Rockingham County, friends said.

“John was certainly a tremendous ambassador for the city of Eden,” said Reidsville Mayor James Festerman. “John always could always be counted on to think things through thoroughly.”

Many public officials, including Festerman and Rockingham County Manager Lance Metzler have requested that the flags be put at half-mast in honor of Grogan’s passing.

Grogan is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Shelton Grogan, and his children Meredith Grogan Lacopo of Greensboro and Michael Shane Grogan of Washington, D.C., as well as grandchildren, Marcia Jane Lacopo and Madeline Anne Lacopo of Greensboro.

Contact Staff Writer Katie Mann at 349-4331 ext. 30 or

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