Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Executive Director Ed Rodriguez dies

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Ed Rodriguez, executive director of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, died Jan. 7 after falling into a diabetic coma on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Rodriguez was 56.

Rodriguez was named executive director of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber in 2011. Before that, he had been director of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce in Warner Robins, Ga.

Orange Beach Councilman Jerry Johnson said Rodriguez was an integral part of the community and offered prayers for his family.

β€œHe leaves a legacy of success and passion for our island like no other,” Johnson said. β€œHe will be missed and never replaced.”

Johnson said the family has decided to have the funeral on the island at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.