- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A sample of quotes from elected and party officials about former U.S. Rep. Howard Coble of North Carolina, who died Tuesday at age 84:

“The whole House mourns the passing of Howard Coble. He was a first-rate representative for the people of North Carolina, a proud advocate of the U.S. Coast Guard, and one of the friendliest people to serve in the House. Howard always stuck to his principles and set an example of decency for us all. We will miss him.” - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“Howard Coble was a friend, colleague and a mentor. He was a true statesman and represented his constituents with passion and effectiveness. Howard will be missed but never forgotten by all who called him friend. It’s a sad day for North Carolina but it is a joyous occasion that Howard is once again with his parents he loved so much.” - U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who previously served in the House with Coble.

“The many constituents, friends, and former staffers who had the honor of knowing Howard over the years will always remember his sterling character and gentle kindness, highlighted by a legendary sense of humor. “Our nation would be far better off if we had more public servants like Howard Coble. He will be dearly missed by the people of North Carolina.” - U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

“When I landed in Washington for the first time in January, there’s no doubt that I had huge shoes to fill. During times back in the 6th District, I would occasionally meet with Howard to receive his feedback. He would share many great stories and some of his favorite jokes. He represented North Carolina with humility, honor, and always a little humor. - U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who succeeded Coble this year representing the 6th Congressional District.

“With the passing of Howard Coble, North Carolina not only lost a wonderful public servant and congressmen, but our state also lost a friend and mentor to so many, including myself. He was a friend who was genuine, hardworking, sincere and honest. We will all miss our friend, but we’ll never forget him and the good things he did for our country, our state and so many of us individually.” - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

“Howard was a strong voice and advocate for his constituents … Howard was a hardworking and dedicated public servant and will be greatly missed.” - U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Strong in character, Congressman Coble modeled for all of North Carolina and Washington the values of a true leader. We are thankful to have been blessed with such an honorable, sincere and authentic leader for so many years and pray for his family and friends during this time.” - North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett.

“Anyone who ever met Congressman Coble can guess his first question upon arriving at the Pearly Gates: ‘St. Peter, what high school did you attend?’” - U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.



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