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DULUTH -- Duluth area business advocate Robin Ongaro was killed in a boating accident in the Mediterranean Sea this week as she and her husband, Frank Ongaro, were vacationing in Greece.


The death was confirmed on the Facebook page of Robin Ongaro’s son, Hunter Hayes.

“Mom had a boating accident in the Mediterranean … She’s gone,” he wrote late Wednesday morning.

Robin Ongaro was until recently the executive officer of the Arrowhead Builders Association.

The association’s Web site relayed the news:

“It is with extremely sad news that we have to announce the passing of our past executive director, Robin Ongaro. She passed away while on a dream vacation with her dream husband and starting what was to be a fantastic idea of a local business. She worked tirelessly while on our staff and she will be sorely missed.”

Robin Ongaro also once led the Grand Avenue Business Association and Cloquet Chamber of Commerce. She also worked with the Members Cooperative Credit Union and Iron Mining Association of Minnesota.

She married Frank Ongaro, the executive director at Minnesota Mining, in 2009.