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Fairlawn official remembered for contributions to city

8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Jerry Apple is shown above in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of the city of Fairlawn
FAIRLAWN — Jerry Apple, finance director for the city of Fairlawn, died July 26 at the age of 69.

Fairlawn Mayor William Roth said Apple was first elected to Fairlawn City Council as an at-large member in 1995. He became finance director in 2004, a part-time elected position.

“He was a great guy,” Roth said of Apple, a longtime Fairlawn resident. “I enjoyed working with him. We were great friends, and as financial director, his efforts were second to none. He always put the city first.”

Apple also was involved in the city’s long-term plan, Roth added.

“He believed in giving back to the community, and that’s why he ran for finance director,” Roth said. “He was a pleasure to work with. We will miss him.”

Roth said with Apple’s passing, the duties of finance director will be temporarily assumed by Patricia Bertsch, the city’s tax administrator. Roth said he believes that a candidate may be able to run for the seat as soon as the Nov. 5 General Election.

Apple was a native of Warren who received a degree in accounting from The Ohio State University. While working at Alexander Grant in Cleveland, he attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and earned his juris doctorate. A partner at Apple Growth, he also earned a master’s degree in taxation at The University of Akron (UA), where he worked as a professor of accounting.

Roth said Apple also enjoyed a career as a high school sports referee, and officiated at games throughout Summit County.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Marilyn; daughter, Jodi, of Akron; son, Michael (Megan) of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; and brothers, Stanley (Linda), of Akron, and Harvey (Jan), of Atlanta.

Services were held July 28 at Anshe Sfard Cemetery in Akron. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Jerry Apple Scholarship Fund through The UA Department of Development. Call 330-972-7238 for more information.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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