Tributes have been paid to the former Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner who had to step down from his role after his diagnosis of motor neurone disease
Former Durham Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner Ron Hogg has died after battling motor neurone disease.
Mr Hogg cited his ill health when he announced he was temporarily stepping down from the role in September, writing to the Police and Crime Panel to ask that they consider appointing an acting replacement.
During the last few months of his life, Mr Hogg campaigned for a change in the law regarding euthanasia so that others might have the right to die with dignity.
Mr Hogg died peacefully on Tuesday morning at the age of 68, leaving behind devoted wife, Maureen, and two adult sons.
Mr Hogg’s chief executive, Steve White, was appointed into the acting Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner role in September 2019.
Mr White said: “In my 30 years of policing, I have never known of someone so universally liked and respected as Ron was by officers, staff, politicians and officials. He will be greatly missed and leaves a lasting legacy.”
Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: ” Durham Constabulary and the people of County Durham and Darlington have lost a great colleague and friend.
“Ron was a radical thinker, an inspiring leader and a lifelong public servant who wasn’t afraid to tackle head-on some of the most difficult issues facing society.
“I would like to offer Maureen and the rest of Ron’s family my deepest sympathies and the condolences of everyone at the Durham Constabulary.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “It’s heartbreaking to hear that Ron has lost his life to this horrible disease. He was a wonderful man who dedicated his life to making our region safer.
“We saw this in the way he continued to campaign for change even past his diagnosis. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Ron’s family will announce the date of the funeral in due course.
They said they were extremely grateful for the many warm messages Ron received over the past few months, and have asked that no cards or flowers be sent.
Mr Hogg was born in 1951 in Bridge of Allen, Stirlingshire.
He was initially brought up in Scotland, and moved to Corby, Northamptonshire, as a child.