Upon the loss of a leader

When I heard last year that Sally Irwin Price had fallen ill, I decided to write an article about her. I barely knew the woman personally; it was her reputation that I was familiar with. I knew she headed Baycrafters for more than three decades and co-authored a book about Bay Village history.

What I found out during the course of my research was the depth of Sally’s impact on the community. She was heavily involved in the efforts to preserve and relocate the Fuller House and the Caboose to the Baycrafters campus and the Reuben Osborn House to Cahoon Park. One of Sally’s best-known projects was the annual Renaissance Festival that brought large crowds to Bay Village every Labor Day weekend.

The book she wrote with Virginia Peterson, "Images of America: Bay Village," is a valuable resource for future generations of residents interested in the stories and photographs of the early families in the village.

Upon learning of Sally’s passing on Jan. 13, I was brought back to the conversations I had with so many who knew her. Bay Village Historical Society member Tom Phillips called her the “go-to person when researching our history.” BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton called Sally “our guru” and the “creative force behind Baycrafters and BAYarts.” Julia Shutt recalled Sally’s “generous spirit and her ability to read a person’s passion.”

Sally will be remembered for her life and her work that left an indelible mark on all of us. She was a caretaker of our history and a dedicated patron of the arts. Today we mourn the loss of a community leader and colorful personality who helped shape and define Bay Village.

BAYarts is planning a special ceremony in Sally’s honor later this year.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016