Former First Union CEO Cliff Cameron dies at age 96

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A man credited with building Charlotte's reputation as a banking hub before joining Gov. Jim Martin's administration to help with budget matters has died.

Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service said 96-year-old Charles Clifford "Cliff" Cameron died at Southminster Retirement Community in Charlotte on Saturday.

Cameron was CEO of First Union from 1966 to 1984, competing with NCNB and Wachovia and turning Charlotte into a national banking center.

After retiring from First Union. Cameron became Martin's budget leader, working to create reserves to help the state in bad times.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement praising Cameron's visionary leadership in the financial sector and public service. He also praised the World War II veteran for his service.

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