St. Louis County Commissioner and champion of the poor Steve O'Neil has lost his battle with a rare form of thyroid cancer.
O'Neil died Tuesday, at his home surrounded by his wife, Angie Miller, their children and other family members.
The Commissioner and his wife began their community activism in Duluth 25 years ago when they opened their home to the poor.
They went on to found Loaves and Fishes which now operates three homes.
Inspired by his late friend and mentor Senator Paul Wellstone, O'Neil ran successfully for the county board taking his first oath in office in 2005.
During his medical treatment in Duluth and at the Mayor Clinic Commissioner O'Neil continued his work on behalf of his constituents, attending county board meetings and keeping office hours.
In April he championed the board's approval of a loan to Churches United in Ministry to build emergency Housing.
Following that vote, Commissioner O'Neil received a standing ovation.
According to the family, a visitation will be held Saturday, July 20, 6 to 10 p.m., at Peace United Church, on 11th Avenue East, in Duluth.
The funeral service will be Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m. in the DECC Auditorium.