John Skvarla meets with The Pilot's editorial board on Feb. 26, 2014.

John Skvarla meets with The Pilot's editorial board on Feb. 26, 2014.

John Skvarla, a Pinehurst resident who served as secretary of both the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the state agency formerly known as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, died of cancer on Tuesday. He was 73.

An accomplished attorney and businessman before his career in state government, Skvarla was tabbed in 2015 to serve as commerce secretary by then-Gov. Pat McCrory, who called him a “mentor.”

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Peyton Cook

I am shocked to read the passing of John Skvarla. We first knew he and Liz when they were neighbors with us In Middleton Place. John and I would go on long walks with our dogs and discuss events of the day. When they moved to Pinehurst we saw them less frequently. He will be sorely missed.

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