(CNN) - Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer died Monday, current Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. He was 89.
Schaefer, a Democrat, served Maryland for eight years as comptroller of the state, 15 years as mayor of Baltimore from 1971 to 1986 and eight as governor, beginning in 1987. The outspoken Maryland native was credited with transforming downtown Baltimore, including its Inner Harbor, and constructing a new stadium for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
"I join all Marylanders in mourning the loss of one of our own – Maryland's indomitable statesman, William Donald Schaefer," O'Malley said in a statement. "William Donald Schaefer loved his city and his state with great exuberance because there was nothing more important to him than the people that he served with such loyalty."
O'Malley has ordered the Maryland flag be flown at half-staff. Schaefer will lie in repose in the State House in Annapolis and in the rotunda of Baltimore City Hall. Viewing times and funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Long live the King . . . RIP
Rest in Peace Donald, you were always a trip.
My sympathies go out to the Schaefer family in this time of mourning. May he rest in peace.
RIP Governor. They don't make them like this anymore. While a little (maybe a lot) out there at times he was a man of vision who helped Baltimore City and the State of Maryland quite a lot!
He just didn't govern he lived his life going "down the ocean" and doing things like a normal citizen not a "better than you" person at all. He cared about doing his job for the people.
He was a profane, cantankerous, petty, goofy, eccentric, fiercely provincial and thin-skinned man. He also happened to be the most genuine, interesting and accomplished politician these eyes have ever seen. As a kid growing up in Northern Baltimore, Mayor Schaefer was the face and voice and strong arms of my city. RIP, Mr. Mayor.