CLEVELAND, Ohio — In honor of his years of its namesake’s public service, the George V. Voinovich Bridge went dark Sunday night.
George Voinovich, former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and U.S. senator, passed away on Sunday at his Collinwood home.
President Barack Obama ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of Voinovich, who was 79.
He is remembered by those who knew him as an extremely humble man who considered himself to be a public servant and not a political leader.
The Republican had delivered public remarks Friday at a 25th Slovenian Independence Day event at Cleveland City Hall. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland next month.
Voinovich spent 12 years in the Senate, leaving in 2011. He previously served two terms as Ohio’s governor and a decade as mayor of Cleveland, which he helped pull out of default.
Voinovich was mayor of Cleveland from 1980-1989. He served as Ohio’s governor from 1991-1998. He also served in US senate for 11 years, from 1999-2011.
In another of his last public appearances, George Voinovich was at the dedication of a conference room named after him in the new Republican headquarters in the Halle building, Thursday night.