George V. Voinovich

Thousands of people from all over the United States came out to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Cleveland’s greatest iconic political leaders, public servant and champion, the former Cleveland Mayor and United States Governor and Senator of the state of Ohio, The Honorable George V. Voinovich, who played a major role on the local, state and national political stages. Mr. Voinovich was mayor of Cleveland from 1980-1989; Ohio’s governor from 1991-1998; and, served as a United States senator from 1999-2011.

A public viewing was held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall followed by an In Appreciation Ceremony of the Honorable George V. Voinovich. On Friday, June 17, 2016, a funeral Mass Service was held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Euclid, following an interment at All Souls Cemetery. Ohio.  

On behalf of the City of Cleveland and this great nation in mourning the loss of The Honorable George V. Voinovich, a dedicated public servant and a remarkable man, Mayor Frank G. Jackson presented a Letter of Condolence to the family of Senator Voinovich

On June 16, 2016, a Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson on the Lying in State Ceremony for The Honorable Senator George V. Voinovich 

“Mayor, Governor, or Senator Voinovich as we called him locally, George V. Voinovich was a real Clevelander, an accomplished politician, and a great man,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Senator Voinovich lived in the same neighborhood that he was born in, Collinwood, and was always connected to his Serbian and Slovenian Heritage. He never forgot his roots, nor did he forget where he came from as he served the people of Cleveland on the local, state, and federal levels as a legislator and administrator. Senator Voinovich demonstrated that being a politician was an honorable profession and he was. He accomplished so much in his lifetime, but when I think of him-I see a man who loved the City of Cleveland and its people. Cleveland will miss our Mayor, Governor, Senator Voinovich. Our Clevelander. And so will I.” 

On June 12, 2016, a Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson on the Passing of the Honorable United States Senator George V. Voinovich 

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Honorable George V. Voinovich. He was a uniquely talented leader who served our state and the city of Cleveland selflessly as Governor, Senator, and as a fellow Mayor of the City of Cleveland. He will be missed. He was a real Clevelander. We did not look at him as a Republican or Democrat, but as a Clevelander who we supported. He was a great man, a good leader, and consummate professional.”    – Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica and William Rieter