Bergholz cleanup in memory of Larry Crow

Larry Crow -- Contributed

BERGHOLZ — Larry Crow Curb Cleanup Day on Saturday in Bergholz will pay tribute to the man who took great pride in his community.

Family, volunteers and fellow Bergholz Ruritan members will be among those carrying on the tradition that Crow so faithfully demonstrated, cleaning up Second Street and painting the curbs, beginning at 2 p.m.

Crow was 71 when he died on Oct. 31 after a lengthy illness. A native of Amsterdam, Crow spent the majority of his life living in Bergholz, a town he affectionately referred to as the center of the universe and worked to make a better place to live.

How the day came to be was explained by his oldest son, Todd, who lives in Bergholz.

“We chose a day in May to clean up the curbs here in Bergholz because my father would take such pride in our town and how we looked that he would personally clean up the curbs so they could be painted each year,” he noted. “I came up with the idea, along with my two brothers, Todd and Scott, in order to honor his memory by keeping our town clean and asking the community to become involved as well.”

Anyone is welcomed to participate.

“We encourage anyone and everyone to come and lend a hand,” Todd noted. “The Ruritan, in which my father was a longtime member, also has been instrumental in organizing this event. We ask that anyone who wishes to help to find a curb along Second Street in Bergholz and bring a broom or a shovel. Volunteers will be around to pick up the debris and deliver paint and rollers. A light lunch also will be provided at the old Church of Christ Fellowship Hall after cleanup,” Todd noted.

“The focus is on Second Street because our father always wanted the main street to look beautiful, especially for our Fourth of July parade.”

Crow loved Bergholz.

“Our father was born and raised in Amsterdam; however, he moved to Bergholz when he married. Or mother is a lifelong resident of Bergholz and once he was established here, our father began devoting much of his time to trying to make Bergholz a better place to live for all its residents. He always said that Bergholz was the center of the universe. When he retired from Skybank, he dedicated his time to our community. He was one of the founding fathers of the Bergholz Community Foundation, he was a member of the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department and Bergholz Ruritan, served as the president of the Edison Local School Board and was recognized as one of the Community Stars by the Herald-Star and the Weirton Daily Times in 2014.

According to his obituary, Crow was an active member and trustee of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Bergholz, treasurer and secretary of the Bergholz Community Foundation, and past president and treasurer of the Bergholz Ruritan. He also was a member of the Bergholz Fire Department and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 315, Salineville. Crow and his wife, Delores “Micki,” married in 1968 and resided in Bergholz for 50 years, raising their family together.

He started his career as a local branch manager at the Citizens banking Co., which later became Sky Bank. At age 52, he retired from Sky Bank as the senior vice president of operations, dedicating the remainder of his life to serving others and making the community in which he lived a better place.

In addition to the many projects that he spearheaded in Bergholz, Crow helped establish the Bergholz Foundation and was a devoted member and president of the Edison Local School Board.

He is survived by, in addition to his wife, their three children, Todd (Meghan) Crow of Bergholz, Chris Crow of Canal Winchester and Mindy (Clint) Carpenter of Bergholz, and eight grandchildren, Kathryn, Vicki, Christian, Chloe, Liberty, Ben, Gracie and Abby.

Todd said he and other family members will be participating Saturday.

“Yes, we will all be participating in some way. I know he will be looking down on us with great pride and wanting to be there to help if he could.”

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