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Fortunato tribute very fitting honor

October 7, 2012
The Herald-Star

Members of Steubenville Council and the city's administration made a good decision when they honored the late 4th Ward Councilman David Fortunato Tuesday evening.

They dedicated a tree in the City Hall Park on Market Street in memory of Fortunato, who served on City Council for four terms before he died on May 9, 2011, after his regular workout at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Fortunato was a true supporter of the city. He was a tireless advocate for his constituents and was never afraid to share his love of the city.

That included making the community a little brighter. Fortunato helped to take care of the flowers in front of the City Building. Before that building opened, he was known to wash down the front of the old building.

In addition to his quiet dedication to the City Hall flowers, Fortunato was often seen on Sunday mornings sweeping empty storefronts along North Fourth Street. He offered a simple explanation when he was asked why he was willing to donate his time: "I do that to make the business district look more attractive."

He was involved with the Main Street Steubenville program, even helping to cut grass and wash windows at the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center when that facility opened.

In short, Fortunato was always concerned about the appearance of the city and worked endless hours making sure Steubenville in general and his ward in particular, looked good.

It's the way Fortunato lived his life, and it's why the city is to be commended for choosing to honor him in this way.

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