Former mayor, wife to be honored in annual plaque ceremony
Henry Reese and his wife, Helen, will be honored on May 25 at the Bay Village Foundation's annual Bronze Plaque Memorial Ceremony. Henry Reese was mayor of Bay Village from 1970-1978. Reese, a former Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Helen, were active in the Bay Village community for many years. Their sons, Wayne and Robert, and their families are remembering them.
The Bay Village Foundation will host its annual ceremony to install and dedicate a permanent bronze plaque honoring the former mayor and his wife. The program, now in its 20th year, takes place under the tent at Cahoon Park North, following the Memorial Day observance at the Gazebo.
Friends of the Reese family and the public are invited to attend the annual ceremony. The Reese plaque is the 30th plaque to be added to the Cahoon Park walking trail and visitors are invited to view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge.
The Bay High Honors String Quartet, under the direction of Ms. Carrie Singler, will play, and tenor Troy Ayers II will sing "Nessun Dorma" and "Time to Say Goodbye" as the names of those memorialized with plaques are read and are remembered every year.
The Foundation will also announce and present checks to the winners of the annual Bay Village Foundation grants during the program. Three scholarships will be awarded to Bay students, including the T. Richard Martin Memorial Scholarship which is funded by perpetual grant contributed by the Martin family.
The Bay Village Foundation bronze plaque program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens in one central place. Donors that contribute at the level of $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life work of Bay Village residents living or dead.