Remembering the life of former WHS principal George Reash
George Reash, who served as Westlake High School's principal from 1969 to 1986, passed away on Nov. 10. He recently celebrated his 84th birthday.
George’s life and leadership philosophy embodied a "coach" approach that proved to empower many adults and youth into their greatest potential. He advocated on behalf of many causes, with specific interest in environmental repair and disadvantaged and minority people.
George worked alongside his wife, Janice Reash, who founded Westlake’s first mental health center, Far West Center as part of the St. John Westshore Health Campus. George was also the facilitator of many faith-based and enrichment classes in Northeast Ohio after retiring from the Westlake school system. Throughout his life, he was a continuous learner in many subjects, with a passion for World War II, the life of Dietrech Bonhoeffer, and a broad range of personal development issues.
After a longtime residency in Westlake, George and Jan moved to Bay Village and enjoyed membership at the Bay Village United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service is planned on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m.