Bob passed away at the age of 83 years old. I believe Bob lived multiple lives and had many careers. I think that is what kept him going for many, many years. The grass certainly did not under Bob’s feet. He did not waste his time or delay in doing anything. He was always busy. Bob and his wife Bonnie provided voluntary and paid services for the residents of Elyria and Elyria Township for a long time. They both served their community well. Bob was on the Elyria City School Board for many years and served as President for two terms. He served as the Elyria Township Clerk and retitled to Elyria Township Fiscal Officer since 2008. Mr. Repas was involved in many projects for Elyria Township including the nature preserve, joining NOPEC, and the sale of the cell tower to purchase a new engine for the fire department. Bob was certainly a friend to the fire department as well as each and every resident in Elyria Township. He will be sorely missed by all.
All of this praise is not to say Bob was perfect. He was a man, a human, and therefore made mistakes just as we all do in life. The great thing about Bob was he was humble enough to admit when he made a mistake and to learn from it. As many of you know, he was not always the easiest person to work with. This may be a shock to some, but Bob was a little on the stubborn side. Bob was also a negotiator and was willing to compromise for the better good of the people. He cared deeply for his family, coworkers, neighbors, and his fellow-man.
Robert J. Repas is more than qualified and deserving of being inducted into the Elyria Township Hall of Fame. Thank you, Mr. Repas, for your friendship and professionalism. Rest in peace.
Carl Snezek was inducted into the Elyria Township Hall of Fame this morning at St. Vincent de Paul Church after the
8:00 am mass. The Board of Trustees would like to congratulate Carl on all of his achievements and dedication to Elyria Township and St. Vincent de Paul Church.
Congratulations to Raymond Tellier on his induction to the 2015 Elyria Township Hall of Fame. He was inducted on Monday, August 3rd at the Township Complex.
In his years of service to the fire department, Ray worked his way up the ranks from firefighter to Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and finally Fire Chief from 1996 until 2002. In his 34 plus years on the department he was a CPR instructor for the Red Cross, a certified fire safety inspector, an arson investigator, and a state certified fire instructor. He was also instrumental in starting the ambulance service in 1980 and was one of the first EMTs. Ray organized the part-time day shift, had all members cross-trained for fire and EMS, and also advanced the EMS from basic to paramedic levels.
Thank you to the Hall of Fame Committee, Trustees, firefighters, Ray Tellier’s friends and family, and residents who attended the ceremony. A special thanks to Ray Tellier, Rob Scheithauer and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Bell for their participation.
Courtesy of the Chronicle Telegram, filed on September 29, 2014 by Evan Goodenow
Speakers recalled the heroism and outpouring of goodwill immediately following the 9/11 attacks during a 9/11 memorial dedication in Elyria Township on Sunday.
The Rev. Donald Dunson, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria, said the “pure altruism” displayed by rescuers that day should never be forgotten.
“There will always be those that try to cut the ties that bind. This beautiful memorial is a statement that we must forever stand united,” Dunson told about 200 people at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road. “There are ties visible and invisible that link us to every human being. Even to our enemies.”
The memorial is home to an 18-inch by 18-inch, 210-pound rusted piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed after being struck by American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001. Including American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon and the downing of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., 2,977 people died that day.
The Elyria Township Fire Department in 2011 received the piece from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Elyria Township was among about 1,500 communities nationally that received tower pieces, said township Trustee Rob Scheithauer, who helped spearhead memorial construction.
The remnant is the centerpiece of the memorial. The monument includes two 7-foot-tall concrete towers that are 2 feet by 2 feet wide, said architect Mark Lesner, of Amherst-based Mark Lesner & Associates.
The memorial foundation is an 8-feet-by-8-feet concrete, rust-colored pentagon. The rust symbolizes the blood of the victims. A waterfall runs out of the pentagon to a plaque with a “We Will Never Forget” inscription.
The monument received $16,766 in donations, Scheithauer said. He said $14,871 has been spent. Some donors dedicated memorial bricks to loved ones or veterans. Scheithauer said the only taxpayer money spent was $2,000 from the general fund to supply water for the waterfall.
However, Scheithauer said the monetary cost doesn’t reflect hundreds of hours volunteered by Lorain County trade union members who spent about five months building the monument. Scheithauer choked up as he thanked them.
“I don’t know to thank these guys,” he said. “They work hard.”
Lesner said in an interview that he volunteered about $20,000 of time to the project. The design was his third. The first two were too expensive.
His voice cracking with emotion, Lesner told the crowd he usually communicates through concrete and steel. Lesner recalled President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in which Lincoln said the world would never forget the sacrifices of the Union dead and that government of, by and for the people “shall not perish from the Earth.” Lesner said the same lesson could apply to 9/11.
“If we come together, there’s nothing this country can’t do,” he said. “Terrorists didn’t destroy this country. They will not destroy this country.”