On a crisp autumn afternoon in early November, Mayor Holzheimer Gail welcomed a crowd of two dozen elected officials, community stakeholders, artists, engineers and family members of the late former City Council President Joseph Farrell to his namesake pier in Sims Park.
The event unveiled a four-foot diameter bronze medallion which was sculpted by Cleveland-based artist Ron Dewey and cast by Euclid artists Lisa and Mark Olitsky, owners of Studio Foundry. The medallion’s design, by the City of Euclid’s Community Projects Manager Allison Lukacsy-Love, was inspired by SmithGroupJJR’s waterfront banners and compass roses often seen on nautical structures. The medallion sits on the northern end of the pier.
Among those gathered was State Representative Kent Smith and Senator Kenny Yuko, former City of Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik, Councilwoman Charlene Mancuso and Councilman Daryl Langman as well as representatives from the City’s staff and police department. Ginny Farrell, wife of Joseph, and daughter Katie and her three children were recognized along with their extended family in memory of Joseph.
“It is so special to have the Farrell family with us this afternoon to unveil this unique piece of public art,” remarked Mayor Holzheimer Gail. “Joseph’s dedication to public service and commitment to education touched the lives of thousands of people in and around our community. His life’s work continues to burn bright in the memories of those who were fortunate to know him.”