A spirited musician and educator, Eddie Boggs will be remembered for his contributions to the Sylvania community as city officials are to name a street corner after him.
Mr. Boggs, who died on Jan. 9 at the age of 68, was the master of ceremonies for the annual Fall Festival. He held concerts in the Mini Park on the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Main Street during the autumn celebration. City officials said at Friday’s Community Relations Committee meeting that they will name the spot at the edge of the park after Mr. Boggs as a tribute.
Along with being a notable entertainer in northwest Ohio, he was a social studies teacher and guidance counselor in the Sylvania School District. He often wrote songs specifically for Sylvania events, including the Arbor Day celebration, which goes along with the city’s Tree City USA designation.
Still to be discussed is the new sign for the newly designated street corner. The idea will be presented to City Council on Monday. Renaming the corner is a lasting way to ensure Mr. Boggs’ contributions will be remembered, officials said.
Officials previously explored naming the Mini Park after him. The park is owned by the Watkins family, who also own the nearby Reeb Funeral Home. The city has leased the park since 1985, Mayor Craig Stough said. However, there was uncertainty about the future of the park in years to come, as it is privately owned.
Officials plan to unveil the tribute to Mr. Boggs at a Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce event to celebrate Mr. Boggs' life. Pat Nowak, chamber executive director, said the event is in planning stages, but will take place in August in downtown Sylvania. The chamber is working with local musicians, the Sylvania School District, and city officials, she said.
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