Incoming Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education member Alex Hogue has died, the board's president said Monday.
Hogue died suddenly Sunday night, board President Maria Langston said. His family had not released additional details about his passing. Details about funeral arrangements were not immediately available.
"He was a very nice man," Langston said. Hogue had been as a board member in April, and the board had already been working with him on several issues of importance to the district.
Hogue was a resident of Richmond Heights' Hadley Township neighborhood and a frequent attendee at City Council meetings.
His son attends in Maplewood.
Reggie Finney lived across the street from Hogue, whom he described as a family man concerned about issues related to children at the schools and the .
"He worked very hard on both of these issues," Finney said.
Hogue was a lifelong Richmond Heights resident.
He served for nearly 19 years as a firefighter with the St. Louis City Fire Department, Capt. Dan Sutter said.
"I think he was well liked and respected by his peers," Sutter said. He said that while that phrase is often used, it was true for Hogue.