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Reynolds School Board chair Bruce McCain dies

Bruce McCainBruce McCain, chairman of the Reynolds school board, died Monday evening .

“He was an inspiration and a mentor to me,” said Joe Teeny, vice chair of the Reynolds board. “He is going to be missed. His heart was in this community.”

Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association said “he cared deeply about children and was a tireless advocate for them.”

The district said that he died surrounded by family and that service details will be shared when available.

McCain died from a brain tumor. He made no secret of his illness, discussing it openly and with humor at board meetings. He announced at the March board meeting that he had an inoperable, malignant brain tumor that was “100 percent fatal.”

McCain was a retired captain with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and a practicing lawyer for more than 23 years. In addition to his Reynolds school board work, he served on many local boards and committees. He was a popular commentator on television and radio shows. As a lawyer, he was known for taking on controversial cases.

Said Teeny: “he was a dear friend.”

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