Bay Village residents to be honored in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will honor the Hawthorne family; Ed Matthews; Robert Thomas; and Herman and Joy Bredenbeck with permanent bronze memorial plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge on Monday, May 29. The program will take place at Cahoon Park North under the tent following the Memorial Day observance at the gazebo. Friends of the families and the public are invited to attend the annual ceremony and view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge, along with the new memorials.

The ceremony features music from the Bay High Honors String Quintet – Susan Gallagher (violin), Anna Walker (violin), Christina Randazzo (viola), Emily Boggess (cello) and Aaron Risch (bass), with vocalists Emma Russell and Maggie Williams – under the direction of Ms. Carrie Singler.

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 that is derived from the income of a perpetual grant contributed by the Martin family.

Following the awards all those honored names will be read as a tribute to their lives. Special notice is given to those that served in the military by a moment of silence and playing of taps by Chris Geoperth and Freddie Bailie to end the program.

The Bay Village Foundation has been creating a beautiful place to remember loved ones for 17 years. The 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 $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life and work of Bay Village residents, living or dead.

For more information about The Bay Village Foundation, estate planning, the grant application process or contributions toward a plaque, please call 440-899-3490. Applications for scholarships and guidelines for proposals are available at

Eileen Vernon

Trustee of The Bay Village Foundation. Retired lawyer. Resident of Bay Village for over 32 years.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.02.2017