Ramon Schwartz Jr. has died

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Ramon Schwartz Jr., widower of Rosa Weinberg Schwartz, died on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Schwartz was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1969 and was elected speaker pro tempore in 1976 and remained speaker until his retirement in 1985.

Schwartz was a World War II veteran, serving in the European Theater in 1944 and 1945.

He attended the University of South Carolina, where he was elected Student Body Vice President. He received a law degree at USC in 1950. He practice law in Sumter with the firm Schwartz, McLeod & Durant.

From 1960 to 1964 he was president of the South Carolina Jaycees and served on numerous boards, including Tuomey Hospital and Solomon Home for the Aged. He was also a president of the Sumter Rotary Club and Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

He and Rosa had four children: Barbara, Ray, Milton and Bill.

Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 775-9386.

For more on this story, see Sunday’s obituaries page of The Sumter Item.